The World's Coolest Offices
Our workspaces can have a huge impact on both our mental and physical health. A well-designed office has been linked to improved productivity, lowered stress levels and overall happier workers. After all, no one wants to work in a dull, colourless and dark space. It goes against our nature-loving nature!
Does your office feel more drab than fab? Do your surroundings leave you feeling more tired than inspired? Maybe you need an office shake up!
A simple rearrange of desks, the introduction of a little greenery or some furry, four-legged friends are all foolproof ways to turn your office from glum to fun. But if you need a little inspiration - we've got you covered.
We all know that waking up early for work can be hard enough, but if our offices were anything like the ones we're about to mention, we'd have no trouble rolling out of bed in the morning. So, without further ado, here are five of the world's coolest offices (please excuse us while we pitch these ideas to our top banana...)
Selgas Cano Architecture Office
Straight out of a Go Ape dream, Selgas Cano Architecture Office is a vision of how a work/nature balance should be. The office belongs to a Spanish architectural firm, who set up their workspace in the heart of the forest. They didn't just want to be surrounded by forest, though, they wanted to be within it - so they installed floor to ceiling windows that run the length of the building!
Unsurprisingly, this juggernaut of a company has a pretty enviable HQ. Found in San Francisco, the Airbnb head office has rooms inspired by places on the earth; there is a Mumbai café, a Rio de Janeiro living room and lots and lots of bright, open space.
Situated in a high-rise stretching above Bangkok, Thailand, this wooden wonder is home to a library, amphitheatre, indoor running tracks, tennis tables (just like here at Banana HQ) and a rooftop terrace that overlooks the city.
Any company that champions healthy eating and sustainability is a friend of ours, but their London office really takes the cake (or should we say, fruit cake?). There are unlimited smoothies for all staff, swishy AstroTurf floors and employees are encouraged to work in a different place each day so they can meet as many people as possible.
Did you really think we'd make it through a list of cool offices without mentioning the mother of them all? Google offices have slides, sleeping pods and you can have meetings in repurposed cable cars! Google has always been way ahead of the curve, but with everything from flexible working, free food and free sanitary items in every bathroom, they sure know how to look after staff.
Don't worry if acquiring offices like these if off the menu, because there are smaller things you can do to boost morale. Office dogs have also been linked to happier staff, as they can lower stress, encourage communication between co-workers and create a welcoming, inclusive environment. Plus, who doesn't want to spend their break cuddling a puppy!?
Personally, here at Banana HQ, we find that filling up any space with lovely, green plants gives us a boost - and not just because of how fresh it makes the air! Office-based greenery has been known to alleviate stress, heighten productivity, improve health and not to mention, they look lovely! Whether you opt for a succulent, spider plant or peace lily, giving your office a natural lift is good for your head and your heart.
Another stress-busting tactic is a spending time in the trees at Go Ape. Ditch the dreary office and opt for the trees instead! Spend the day Segwaying along the forest's understory or up, up, up in the air as you whoosh down a zip wire! Exercise (and exhilarating heights) are known for their tension-ridding and team building ways, so why not swing by?
If you're looking to get out of the office and plan a team day, why not get in touch with one of our Go Ape event organisers? Request a quote today. We hope to see you in the trees soon.