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Offices stuffed full of distractions - coworkers, colored lights, noises, money wheels, elephants - have their place.
A lot of opinions have floated around about the perfect work environment. Every opinion is backed by facts, figures, and vehement voices. Cubicle farms, virtualized offices, and casual couch-strewn workspaces all have their place. Even offices stuffed full of distractions – coworkers, colored lights, noises, money wheels, elephants – have their place. How, then, do you know how your office would best function? Whether you're the boss or just an employee ready to pitch some great ideas, the answers are out there.
If you want to maximize productivity, and (it's okay to be honest with yourself) employee “fun time” isn't a priority, then perhaps a standard office approach is the answer. Not everyone hates grey berber carpets, cubicles, and the harsh music of fax machines and copiers. By the same token, the same atmosphere that could lead to high productivity among, say, data entry clerks, could crush the productivity of creatives.
Not always your cheapest option, but the first impression an office gives matters. Drab colors, outdated décor, and those obnoxious motivational posters can be a real downer. Of course, there are always ironic motivational posters, but that's a calculated risk. Safer bets include plants, cheery color paints, and a comfortable or luxurious break room.
Every now and again, it might be good to have a little office party, or even an outing. Don't get carried away or anything, but a birthday doesn't have to go unnoticed, whether you work with hipster graphic designers or accounting interns. Continuing the earlier argument about décor, these events are a good chance to bust out prizes and money wheels, which are both motivating and fun – when they're thought out.
The hardest part is deciding. There is no magic bullet for offices, and at the end of the day, it just has to fit the company. Some companies have decided – correctly, for them – that the best office is no office. Others have stayed the path of classic workspaces, and others have gotten pretty off the beaten path. There aren't right answers or wrong answers, just unique answers. Really, the only wrong decision is not to decide, and continue to allow your workspace – virtual or otherwise – languish in undefined boredom.