“Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” Imagine Theodore Roosevelt’s smiling face and this motivational quote greeting you each morning as you step into your office for the day.
JibJab’s founders, brothers Evan and Gregg Spiridellis, knew they needed a creative and collaborative environment to work in. As a digital media company whose goal is to create humorous and satirical content, such a space is required. Their goal for the workspace was for it to be a collaborative environment where all the various departments that make JibJab successful could work together. Watch a video tour of the office here.
To set the tone for the work environment located in Venice, California, larger than life wall art featuring the six core values that JibJab subscribes to prominently hang for all to see. Employees have a visual reminder that passion, innovation, dedication, fun, agility, and dependability are paramount. The Spiridellis brothers weren’t kidding about fun being a core element of their company. The space includes three colorful slides that begin at the second floor level and end in the open floor plan space below.
While the fun and whimsical JibJab environment isn’t going to be mirrored at every company, there are some valuable takeaways companies can apply in their own offices:
1. Boost creativity with an out-of-the-box experience. Even if it’s not available daily, providing employees with opportunities to get out of the office or participate in a new experience can get creative juices flowing. Creativity spurs innovation and innovation is the key to survival.
2. Make sure your employees can collaborate. Private offices are great for productivity, but not for collaboration. Plan events and meetings to get all departments together for both alignment and employee engagement. Engaged employees have staying power.
3. Don’t forget to have fun. All work and no play will lead to burn-out. Let your employees know you value them by offering opportunities to unwind and get to know each other in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.
Preferred Office Network has relationships with over 700 business centers throughout North America. Contact us for help in your search for office space. We’ll consider your company’s culture and desired office space configuration to locate the ideal workspace for your business. Call us at 855-4-NOTERM or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.