Day 347

I can’t recall if this is a topic I’ve brought up before. But, if I have, please forgive me, because it’s getting pretty hard to keep track of what I’ve written now that I’m 118 blogs in. I think this is a great conversation to have regardless. So, here we go.

In many ways, being at Pollinate reminds me a lot of my time spent at We Are Social. Both of their offices consist of one large room and with such lively teams, the energy can’t help but radiate through every inch of space. As I was pondering their similarities, I started to wonder if a certain type of office space was more attractive to some people over others. Then it hit me. The type of office environment you’re walking into is probably one of the most crucial elements you should consider when starting a new career.

Why? Well, consider this: are you able to concentrate with multiple conversations going on around you? If your answer is “no,” an open floor plan might not be the best option for you. On the flipside, if you’re not a fan of silence or isolation, I have a feeling cubicles are surely a personal hell for you. The same goes for whether you mind sitting in one place or if you'd rather be on your feet, moving around all day. On a more macro level, the layout of an office can also support or hinder the creative process as a whole.

I’ve noticed that the farther away creatives are from the rest of their team—especially CDs and ADs—the more inclined they are to communicate via email. I wouldn’t say such a situation is born out of laziness; I think it has more to do with convenience. Especially when you consider how much work we cram into any given day. It’s why I believe the workspace, as with everything we do, should be a collaborative process that involves everyone who will actually be using it. 

Personally, this trip has taught me that I’m more suited for an environment that allows me to constantly interact with people. And it’s not that I’m some social butterfly; I’m just much more effective when I’m able to bounce my ideas off other people in real time. It’s one of those things we don’t often think about; but one that can make all the difference in how much we enjoy our jobs.

Granted, not everyone has a choice on where he or she will be sitting or working. So, if you’re entering a space that doesn’t look ideal, it’s best to come up with a game plan prior to your start date. Otherwise, you run the risk of not producing your best work or worse yet, becoming that salty curmudgeon that no one likes talking to. Whether it’s headphones, meditation or a good cup of coffee, find a coping method that works for you. Then, keep producing your highest quality work, until you have your own office. I mean… that’s what we’re all striving for anyway, right? More space to put our toys and posters!

-Steve-