Not surprisingly, it happened in Silicon Valley, where out-of-the-box ideas are de rigueur. It was also at a technology company that–well, solicits people’s opinions on just about everything. And thus the new corporate headquarters for SurveyMonkey was designed by the company’s senior HR and operations officers, along with the input of the firm’s employees every step of the way. So reports Talent Management.
But this is not your typical Palo Alto corporate campus, replete with a game room, gourmet snacks, shower facilities and a roof deck–-though all of those amenities were included in the plan. The work spaces were designed to encourage transparency, literally. Conference rooms were placed in the middle of the floors, encased by walls of glass.
To encourage mobility and the capability of staffers to work virtually everywhere, employees are given desks for either sitting or standing work, as well as alternate locations throughout the facility that can accommodate both individual and collaborative work throughout the building.
True to the company’s mission, the workforce was surveyed throughout the design and construction process, to gauge what they liked or didn’t like about their present and soon-to-be new offices. Management has more on its mind than offering high-tech perks here: the employees are given a say in designing their own work space to encourage retention, engagement, productivity – and fun.
The formula seems to be working: due to its exponential growth in the last few years, SurveyMonkey is already looking toward designing its next corporate headquarters site.