Turn That Frown Upside Down

by Knotel: Jun 29, 2018

The skyrocketing cost of office space. Awkward office layouts. Issues that take away from work.

Today’s most prominent business leaders often have issues that aren’t too different from the problems many of us face every day.

Here are a few of the common concerns from a select group of business leaders:

1. Office space costs

PayPal co-founder and venture capitalist Peter Thiel recently bemoaned the current state of office space prices.

“The vast majority of the capital I give to the companies [I invest in] is just going to landlords.”

Suffice it to say that’s not the most exciting way to spend money.

Thiel is not alone is this complaint.

Office space costs are skyrocketing across the United States—and the world.

For example, San Francisco’s price per desk increased by 13% from 2016 to 2017 in serviced, coworking, and hybrid workspaces. This trend is commonplace in other pricey cities, like New York, London, and Berlin.

2. Workspace design

One of the biggest issues in a workspace is its design.

Physically, a poorly designed workplace can cause bottlenecks and traffic jams among your employees. But on a cultural level, it can cause rifts among colleagues and divisions. Just think about one team having the most desirable space in the office and another team being crammed in some back closet.

Your office design not only needs to support productivity, it also needs to reflect your company’s values.

Tesla founder Elon Musk complains about the inefficient top-down management system that most office spaces reflect: “By far the most common way is chain of command, which means that you always flow communication through your manager. The problem with this approach is that, while it serves to enhance the power of the manager, it fails to serve the company.”

3. Office distractions

If an office is poorly designed, employees will often get distracted.

Workplaces don’t always use time-proven strategies that improve productivity. Many employees are forced to deal with the same old bad habits that have slowed workers down for years.

For example, workers might be forced to sit next to a very vocal customer success team that makes it difficult to concentrate.

Jason Fried, co-founder of Basecamp, succinctly describes the productivity problems encouraged by the typical workspace: “The front door of the office is like a Cuisinart. You walk in the door and your day is shredded to bits.”

How to minimize these complaints at your office

Most of these complaints are centered around office distractions and negative corporate cultures.

While these might seem like minor concerns in connection with your larger operations, they actually aren’t. The reality is that employees and clients are sensitive to behavioral cues, meaning that the workplace culture that surrounds your office sends a significant message.

That’s what Knotel is all about.

We design workspaces that boost productivity, cultivate good feelings, and, most importantly, create a collaborative culture for everyone to enjoy.

Address these business leaders’ complaints by partnering with Knotel to build a thoughtfully designed office that works perfectly for your company.

After all, as Whole Foods’ John Mackey says, “If you are lucky enough to be someone’s employer, then you have a moral obligation to make sure people do look forward to coming to work in the morning.”