If you thought startups are just revolutionizing the Indian economy by generating new ideas and jobs, you were wrong. Start-ups are not only re-writing the rules of the economic game but also envisioning a new revolution in the way we work by engineering remarkably creative ideas for office spaces.
Innovation is not just a business word for them, it is an ideology that runs through every aspect of their existence, including the way they create attractive work spaces for their employees.
Have you ever walked into an office, felt bedazzled by its architecture, design and out-of-the-box creativity behind it? Has a workplace interior ever had such a compelling impact on you that you craved to work in that environment? This is what a number of emerging startups on the Indian economic scene are creating today: out-of-the-world office spaces that would blow your mind off with their creative designs, serene environment and comfortable confines.
As new companies and young entrepreneurs take over, run-of-the mill office spaces are making way for new ideas and refreshing workplaces. While the dull, dusty and dark workplaces that were characteristic of public offices till the 1990s made way for better kempt corporate offices with the arrival of private enterprise in India; today young and enterprising entrepreneurs have infused a fresh round of energy and thought into creating workspaces that are attractive, reflect out-of-the-box thinking and are more amenable to the comfort of employees.
Creative Offices as Ideological Statements
With innovation as their bedrock, young entrepreneurs have today flooded the economy with new ideas and business designs. These young entrepreneurs want to set themselves and their businesses apart from others in multiple ways such as offering new services, providing the most diligent customer care help, offering customized solutions to clients like never before. Also, they want their ideology and core philosophy to be reflected in everything they do, including their office environs.
For example, an organization that believes in eco-friendly policies may want an office designed in the greenest possible way – with innovative interventions to maximize usage of sunlight to save energy, recycling systems for water and waste reduction.
An organization that has promotion of diversity as its core philosophy may request for creating an office space that is amenable to all kinds of people, including people with disabilities, with dedicated ramps for wheelchairs, desks, washrooms and pantry equipment suitable for wheelchair users.
Most startups begin with little more than a remarkable idea; most of them start operations with a handful of people working from small spaces, sometimes even from homes. However, once they take the big leap and enter into a league of growing enterprises, with a financial ability to acquire substantial office spaces, they do not mind investing a little more in making their set ups stand apart from others.
Breaking the monotony of office spaces is one of the new ideas that is catching up fast. A lot of people who have travelled abroad and worked in foreign countries where they have been exposed to such new ideas, are today returning back to India to set up shop. Such people are also bringing in interesting ideas of office designs with them. As compared to a few years ago, office planners request much more from our interior designers today; they demand more creativity and offer new ideas to revolutionize work spaces.
Office Designs Amenable to Employee Comfort
Unlike a few years back, more organizations are today giving the first priority to employee comfort while designing their offices. More and more people today are realizing the importance of boosting the creative spirits of the employees and creating breath-taking office spaces is one way to do the same. Such new ideas also help attract and retain talent and does not fail in leaving a lasting impression on the minds of visitors. More so, creative office spaces keep employees happy, and boost their productivity.
Some interesting requests that come up include creating dedicated sound-proof spaces for yoga/meditation to help employees relax their minds in the middle of their hectic routine; exercising equipment to be included between desks to encourage employees to work out in between work; and incorporating a lot of green plants into the office space interiors. Use of soothing colors is another aspect people stress upon.
If you thought the excitement of working for a startup is the only incentive drawing young employees towards these new organizations, you may be wrong; creative and comfortable office spaces are another attraction young organizations are using to draw in talent from across the industry.