Fab's New York office
Image: Maggie Winters Photography
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Cheap tables slapped up against each other. Notice lots of people wearing headphones so they can focus and not be disturbed? Ditch the fancy $1000/sq ft address and invest in some decent furniture for people to work at. Give them some modicum of privacy.
I live and work on the west coast and I give the guy in Michigan a high five for his environment. Too much city in the above photos, especially the one that looks like the reporting office of the NY Times.
My company is HQ in West Michigan, surrounded by farms and grain elevators and we have very modern collaborative work spaces that would rival any of these offices. In fact we more than likely sold some of our products to most of these other companies.
@Rann Xeroxx If only more companies would move out to more rural areas so that people wouldn't have to move to the city to find work. Rural areas are definitely more humane to work in. However, some people including myself do miss the cultural aspects of the the city even though I grew up in a very rural environment. I took a look at your offices and indeed they do look nice. However, I wonder whether you would be extremely challenged to create such an environment in European cities where real estate is at a premium and space is a minimum. Even so, well done.
@Rann Xeroxx I would rather work in your HQ than any of those. I also have worked in offices in the countryside. We even had an outdoor pool for swimming in lunch-times. Alas I moved and changed countries. The best I can do now is leave work on time and swim at the beach (less than 30 minutes drive). Even when I leave work late I can still swim at night since the sea is very safe around here. Come to think about it I prefer the sea more than the pool.