Every day during the work week, I’m greeted with a sight like the one shown above when I step out of the elevator into the office. As far as I’ve been able to tell on my daily journey up, we’re the only company in the building with a brightly-colored tattooed floor. And although I’ve been seeing the same thing getting off the elevator for nearly two years, I still often stop to think about how I’m thankful it’s there. It’s a much more invigorating way to start the day than by looking at solid white, gray or brown.
What drove me to begin a blog post by musing about our floor? (Which, if you’ve been following wasiswillbeblog.com, you might have already read about). This recent article over at fastcompany.com. The article goes into detail about how Google has gone to great lengths to design its workplace to ensure employee satisfaction and inspiration, and in turn, profitability and success. Among the long list of perks are office bowling alleys, billiard tables, free haircuts, gym memberships, an extended platform to voice their own opinions about company matters, and much freedom to determine how they spend their time in order to produce great work. And that’s just to name a few.
I’d be willing to bet that few Google employees dread going to work as so many people in the world do. And the company’s track record of success has shown that not only do they not dread it, they also work harder and better because of it.
But it’s not all about the tangible perks. At Mobium, it’s awesome that we have a cool-looking office with a ping pong table, shuffleboard table and a room full of beanbag chairs. What’s even more important, though, is having the freedom to do the best possible work without having to worry about trying to do it in an environment filled with a “you aren’t allowed to do that” attitude. I never cared for that much when I was a kid in school, and I haven’t liked it any better working certain jobs where it’s existed.
I am glad that I work in an industry that thrives on creative thinking and in general is filled with people who understand the importance of it when it comes to doing work that makes a difference in the world (yes, people in advertising can make a real difference in the world. For more on that, check out my colleague Carrie Sabourin’s last post). I truly believe that when you’re in a dull environment that puts emphasis on what you can’t do rather than what you can do, you’re probably going to do work that follows suit, no matter what you do for a living. But when you’re allowed the freedom and trust to be inspired, you can do work that inspires others.