Matrix Group could be going through big changes in the near future. Our lease is almost up, so we’re up against a major decision: to move or not to move? This decision has gotten us thinking a lot more about how we work and interact with each other throughout the day.
We recently switched over to to Slack, a messaging app for teams that is making us rethink the way we communicate with our colleagues. So far, in my opinion, it has made chatting with people throughout the day a lot easier and way more fun. With animated gifs, emojis, personalized commands, and – more importantly – easy file and screenshot sharing, do we even still need email for internal communication?
The impending potential move also has made us reassess whether or not our physical space is still working for us. Physical environment plays a big part in keeping people happy throughout the day. Do we need more space per person? Less space? More natural light? Private work space for concentration? War rooms to cram on major projects? Flexible meeting space? It’s a lot to think about.
Another thing we’re contemplating is whether or not to switch entirely over to laptops. Currently everyone, with the exception of PMs and directors, has workhorse desktop systems with multiple monitors. This is great for productivity but also completely inhibits moving around to collaborate with each other. Being tied to a desk can get you pretty stuck in a rut at times. It would be great to move to a different part of the office at points throughout the day just to get a change of scenery and shake things up a bit.
A big trend in office design at the moment is the concept of “neighborhoods.” Instead of having large work stations filling the entire floor, you would have smaller pod areas for specific teams. These could either be stationary or modular, enabling you to roll your desk closer to whomever you may be working with on a project at any given time. It’s an interesting concept, though we’re not sure how practical it would be for us.
Either way, at the very least, we’ll be making a few upgrades to our current office space.
What do you like or dislike about the way your company works and communicates with each other? We could use some tips!