For the past few months I have been thinking about floor plans and selecting colors and finishes for our new office. It is coming together – we move in next month. But is this a wise use of my time? Should a CEO be involved in decorating? I say yes. I think the look and feel of the workplace are some of the most neglected decisions a CEO makes. Too often companies opt for drab offices, thinking any space will do. Wrong! The environment matters – a lot. It isn’t the hours at work that count; it is how productive those hours are. The right environment has a huge impact on that productivity.
We design for good flow, natural light, and for colors that are comfortable and support our ambitious growth objectives. Also, as I wrote earlier, we are building a real kitchen in the hopes that people will gather around the preparation and sharing of food. For a traveling visitor, whether a customer, employee from another office or partner, a home-cooked meal might be a welcome change.
Making all of these design decisions is a big job, so I brought in some help. I had always been curious about Feng Shui, and thought this might be a good way to learn about it and apply some basic principles. Christine Wojnar did just that and gave us some excellent ideas about flow, layout and use of space. Kimberlee Bee came up with color and texture suggestions. I think that together we made some good decisions. We won’t know for sure until the work is done and we move in, but it is starting to look good. Fingers crossed.
I am hopeful our new office will stand out from the generic places that too many companies select, contribute to us exceeding our goals and be a space we truly enjoy.