It’s hard to tell if the open-office model will be here to stay in corporate America, but we are embracing the change of pace using comfortable décor at corporate events.
Corporations are changing and evolving to attract a Gen X work force that thrives on innovation, technology and creativity. Employees previously locked in their cubicles, pacing beige painted hallways with berber carpet, and eating bagged lunches inside sterile breakrooms now long for a place of comfort and inspiration to increase morale and productivity. As a result, employers like Google, Facebook, and American Express are embracing zany offices spaces where shared desks and bean bags by the meeting room windows have become the norm. In Google’s Chelsea office, the hallways are decked out in NYC “Google from the block” fashion, complete with subway grates and fire hydrants. Rows of cubicles have been replaced with more transparent workspaces. Even Syzygy has embraced this “shared space” design at our corporate office where our designers work side by side and are encouraged to interact and collaborate throughout the workday.
Likewise, over the last couple years, more and more corporate event planners are seeking décor from Syzygy that creates a space intentionally designed for comfortable interaction, laid-back collaboration, and functionality that is anything but boring.To answer the call, we have boosted our inventory with beautiful white, black and brown leather couches, high back chairs, shag rugs, branded pillows, and trendy end tables and chairs.
Another trend (which we hope will continue) is a move towards using recyclable “green” products that are less taxing on our environment. At a recent event a vast amount of printed signage was produced with falconboard ( Made with SFI certified, all natural, renewable virgin and post-consumer recycled fibers). And, we slept well at night knowing we did our part to cut down on waste and use materials that are friendlier to Mother Nature.
It’s hard to tell if the open-office model will be here to stay in corporate America, but we are embracing the change of pace using comfortable décor at corporate events. What’s your take on shared office spaces? Do you like a more formal setting, or does a collaborative environment yield results in your profession? Let us know in the comments!
By: JAIME HARDWICK, Business Development Manager – Nashville