Millennials want more than just a paycheck. Today’s employees want a work environment that’s healthy, fun, inspiring, comfortable, natural... in short, one where they feel good. Pavel Mrázek, the founder and CEO of the interior design company Hezkey, describes the latest in office trends for the #Morethanoffice portal.
Take a look at winners of the 4th year of the competition called "Zasedačka roku" (Meeting Room of the Year 2017) and managed by CBRE. More than 90 companies take part in the "tournament" and their offices were judged by a professional jury and by voting of people as well. "This year’s winners of all categories are such inspirations for other businesses not only in terms of the representational nature of their premises, but also in their ability to speak beyond the doors of their office," said Eva Jiřičná (AI-Design), probably the best living architect from the Czech Republic and the head of jury.
Amazon opened a new office in January shaped as a series of glass spheres containing an indoor rainforest. The tech giant’s new building, called the Sphere, in its hometown of Seattle houses more than 40,000 plants made up of more than 400 different species. Plants, trees, sunlight, soil, and water take center stage – the sound of running water and the scent of flowering plants create an instant botanical immersion that takes visitors far away from the urban landscape. "The Spheres are a result of innovative thinking about the character of the workplace and an extended conversation about what is typically missing from urban offices – a direct link to nature," says Amazon in a press release.
Just about every set of company guidelines today has some kind of Clean Desk policy. And clean desks are also a necessity for workplace seat flexibility (hot-desking). The absolute last thing that should be cluttering your desk when you sit down to it for the day are the last person’s budgets or contracts that have no point for you. And when you come in and there are all kinds of papers at the spot where you want to sit, you have no idea whether that spot’s taken, or just untidy. And that can make you pretty mad.
Very soon we should be seeing a Czech office building acquire the WELL certificate for the very first time. This certificate assesses the influence that a building has upon the people inside it. The certification process primarily looks into factors that affect the health and overall comfort of a given space’s users. For a company’s building to acquire a WELL certificate, there can’t for example be Coca-Cola in the vending machines, the bike racks should be within 30 meters of the entrance, and there should also be a solution against the unwanted diffusion of odors.
Have you ever wondered where the most powerful people carry out their duties? We have looked around and now we bring you a unique opportunity to explore the backstage of the contemporary “kings”. Take a look at a selection of 10 offices where presidents work.