The cubicle is dead. Good riddance.
Once envisioned as an improvement to efficiency and productivity, the ubiquitous office cube has fallen out of favor as designers, builders and employers seek to create open, collaborative and downright attractive and fun places to work.
“Office space is a reflection of a company’s ‘brand’ and all companies want a positive experience for the client visiting as well as the employees that work there,” says Sonia Perlot, owner and senior interior designer at Phi Interiors, a commercial design firm in Fond du Lac. “Companies are a lot more conscientious about their image.”
But it’s more than image. The way companies work has changed, and is now
based on interaction with others. Perlot says the prevailing theory is to create an inviting and inspiring experience that will boost productivity.
At Insight we asked businesses in Northeast Wisconsin to share with us and our readers some of the inspiring, innovative and fun workspaces they have created to better get work done. To see more of the region’s “cool” office space, check out the online gallery at www.insightonbusiness.com/coolspaces.
Performa INC.: “The space at Performa recently went through a significant transformation to incorporate the Performa story and their client processes on walls, windows and throughout the space. A combination of open work areas and private conference areas complete the Performa work environment.” – Bridget O’Connor
Element: “Element recently left behind a cramped, generic space and moved into this “unconventional” new work habitat. This space reflects the creative style and solution we provide our clients. This is 100 percent more efficient for how we work.” – Lance Peroutka
Sure Dry Basement Systems Inc.: “There is a unique culture fostered by encouraging each employee to showcase their creativity within their personal work space. ‘JR Saloon’ was created with wood pallets and features antique items from local homeowners. The break room was inspired by an old ’50s diner. Each office has a unique story to tell.” – Ryan Weyers
Carved Stone Showroom: “As soon as you arrive, you are surrounded by fountains, glittering water and the sound of splashing. For inspiration, just walk in the front doors. Sometimes, when I need a break, I wander the aisles, looking at the brass statues or carved stone fountains — and dream about building my next house.” – Liz Wittman