Facebook’s New Corporate Office is a Talent Magnet

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Facebook New Corporate Office is a Talent Magnet

Disruptive innovation!!! Once again, Facebook has raised the bar by unveiling plans for their new 3,400 employee engineering office. Engineers will hack away in a giant open space, where desks can be quickly shuffled around, as teams form and break apart around projects. Plans also include breakout spaces with couches & whiteboards, lots of micro-kitchens and even a roof top tree garden.   Who cares about the sinking stock price- this space will be a talent magnet!

The best workplaces find ways to integrate their organization’s culture and mission.  Unfortunately, most corporate offices appear and function much like they did 50 years ago. Workstations or desks neatly lined up in long rows, conference rooms with tables, chairs and perhaps a whiteboard, and a limited number of coveted row hard-walled “window” offices for executives. Many have added coffee shops, cafes, fitness centers and walking trails.  But the space doesn’t align with the social business transformation that’s taking place across the globe or the growing demands of the millennials.  (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that millennials will comprise more than 40% of the U.S. workforce by 2020.)

The Future Workplace Must Accomodate Flow & Remote Workers

Organizations need to adapt to a more social and mobile environment, while remaining flexible to accommodate in-house and remote workers. Work in the workplace will become more engaging and more results oriented. Collaboration tools will link virtual teams creating more learning opportunities that increase competitiveness and the bottom line.

After seven exciting and memorable years at The Hartford, I find myself at the cross roads of change. I’ve decided to pursue my passion in enterprise collaboration, innovation and gamification. I consider myself a work in progress. It was difficult to take the first steps, but I’m energized about the opportunities ahead.

Re-think, Re-define & Re-imagine the Future Workplace

Facebook’s new corporate office design will help companies stuck in the Mad Men era offices to re-think, re-define & re-imagine a more effective workplace.

What do you think are the best ways to meet the workplace challenges of the future? How is your company shifting to accommodate the unprecedented number of mobile devices entering the workforce?  How does your company engage and manage virtual teams? I look forward to your comments.

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Lisa Bonner

Lisa Bonner is an experienced change agent and Senior Vice President with Roberts Golden Consulting. She helps global Fortune 500 companies solve organizational issues and manage major changes to drive achievement of bold business objectives. Lisa is passionate about football, fitness, decorating and raising twin boys. Connect with Lisa.

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  1. AvatarJill Beckett says

    Great article! Alot of key points that “old style management” must read and adopt if they want to succeed! I commend you for pursing your passion and giving me more to think about as I walk down the halls and stare at the rows and rows of desks…..

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