Could you work in an office that looks like a kindergarten play area, but for adults? At companies like Facebook, Google and Apple, you’ll see colorful and brightly lit workspaces filled with workstations, monitors and conference rooms as well as couches, and game tables. Research shows that productivity and creativity at such non-office looking spaces is often high.
However, critics pose a valid question: Do some modern workplace interior designs undermine the organization’s professional credibility or, is it possible other industries could also benefit from a more “hip” and collaborative space? If the approach to the interior design of office spaces were to shift and the modern standard spread into all of the various professional sectors, it could drastically change the workforce and how we perceive the workplace.
Many organizations that embrace this new work style point out the success stories; namely Google who’s creative and fun-loving work culture is a hotbed for innovation and growth. It’s a given that much of this depends on the business you’re in. While creatively designed space may inspire innovation, it may not be practical or productive for certain professions.