Culture is what we stand for and the type of people we are and attract. Our office space can often be a reflection of that and give employees a quick first look into the environment in the office. Office spaces reflect our culture by being an extension of what our culture is and what we stand for.
For companies that have an emphasis on health and wellness this can be expressed through their office design by having elements such as natural light, indoor plants, treadmill desk, and healthy snacks. These elements are an extension of what they stand for, and how they want their employees to feel when they are in the office. Natural light and indoor plants can give an overall better emotional feeling to the employees and things like treadmill desks or work out areas help to enhance endorphins and emphasize overall wellness. Having a wide variety of healthy snacks that cater to different allergies and preferences is important because then it can help make employees feel more included and give them more options to choose from.
Another way culture can affect our office design is, when a brand really resonates with its location or has a strong story to tell. Examples of this is that when offices are located in big cities like Los Angeles or New York City, the city can be a pull, and a reason why someone has chosen that job. By having element that remind employees of the city like cacti, ethereal prints, and photos of the ocean in Los Angeles and clean lines, subway grids, and images of skyscrapers in New York City, can work to set the tone and feel of the office.
Culture is something that companies put forth and have a strong sense of purpose connected to it. Design elements, along with the people that work there help to bring the culture to life. Culture builds the connection to the company and design helps set the stage.
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