The world of work as it exists demands flexibility from a real estate industry built around rigidity. Hence the rise and expansion of third place workspaces in various sizes, permutations, and aesthetics.
Finding the right space for a business dictates success more than most are willing to admit. We'd like to think we have more control over our own progress but the fact is, office space directly impacts a number of foundational concepts that are key to success including the following...
We do not need to rely on offices. Today, as long as we can connect to the internet we are able to get our jobs done regardless of where we are or when we are connected. This means employees can work from home offices, cafes, co-working facilities, or anywhere else they can get wifi.
My friends now like to sneak in my name in karaoke with "I Kissed a Girl." If I protest, it becomes a big deal and draws attention. But the one time I went along with it, the DJ complimented my "impersonation."
Although dealing with a pessimist (especially during boom times) may be taxing, I think--well, I hope--that my co-founders would say it has been very beneficial in the growth and maturity of our company over the past few years.
Do you ever feel overwhelmed by email? Tormented by stacks of paper? Paralyzed by the clutter in your office? Management professor Jackie Gilbert did, too - but she found a way to conquer it, and her lessons can help almost any executive enjoy a cleaner office and a clearer mind.
A big challenge most startup founders face is simply trying to figure out where to put their business. It seems almost trivial since it's not a core value for the business, but it can often be a huge distraction of both focus and funds. The right answer is -- there is no right answer
Major acquisitions aside, startups are often blind to the actual costs associated with full-time employees. As you celebrate and toast to your latest round of funding, please take heed of five employee costs often forgotten by founders.
I view the campus now as my work space -- and feel liberated from a cloistered office. I can rationalize that my office is now far bigger than it was during my deanship. Still, I do miss having my own bathroom.