Office of the Future: Optimizing for Happiness
We spend around a third of our lives at work – whether that’s in an office, in a coffee shop, or in your living room, the right work environment can dramatically impact productivity and happiness. Companies like Google, Facebook, and Apple are building huge campuses to attract the best talent. So what design and architecture considerations are actually most important?
GitHub’s Scott Chacon has spent much of the past year thinking about these challenges, as he oversees the design and building of GitHub’s new 55,000 square foot headquarters in San Francisco. Scott will discuss how he solicited feedback from the rapidly growing number of his colleagues (via GitHub, of course) to design an office that encourages productivity without becoming all-consuming (Scott said ‘no’ to beds in the office). He can also talk about optimizing the office space for remote employees who are only onsite a few times a year, and what considerations are most important in deciding where to open new offices.
Additional Supporting Materials
- What design elements are the most important when optimizing for your employees’ happiness?
- What design elements encourage a healthy work-life balance?
- How do you make remote employees feel engaged despite not being physically in the office?
- How do you involve your workforce in the decision making process for a new workspace?
- How do you identify optimal locations for future office locations?
- Scott Chacon GitHub
Kate Guarente The OutCast Agency
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