On average, Americans will spend one-third of their lives working their days away in the office. That’s a lot of time to be stuck at a desk, and companies such as Google have taken steps to make that time a little more enjoyable.

Google continues to be one of the top places people want to work, and their playful campuses and offices are a definite reflection of this trend.

Google continues to be one of the top places people want to work, and their playful campuses and offices are a definite reflection of this trend.

To ease the stresses of the day, Google has gone over the top. They’ve installed nap pods, game rooms, free food bars, secret passages, and so many other features that working at Google is akin to working at Disneyland. The result has been improved company morale, which has led to remarkable boosts of the bottom line. It’s certainly no secret that happy employees are productive, loyal employees.

Of course, just because you're not at Google doesn't mean you can't have a fun work enviroment. We recently added a Ping-Pong conference table to a project with RBM Technologies. Source: Poppin.com

Of course, just because you’re not at Google doesn’t mean you can’t have a fun work environment. Even the addition of a table like this can make a huge difference. Source: Poppin.com

Of course, you don’t have to go as far as Google to achieve the same results. We recently worked on a conference room for RBM Technologies that included a Ping-Pong conference table to bounce ideas over, and the outcome was overwhelmingly positive. You can really transform your office space with a reading room with couches and comfy chairs to peruse data in peace or a snack wall to satiate the mid-day munchies. Coupled with an updated color palette, soothing lighting, and employee-personalized work spaces, your office can become a space that facilitates hard work and play.

Find elements that will encourage collaboration, whimsy, and creativity and apply them to your modern office design.  Source: Flickr

Find elements that will encourage collaboration, whimsy, and creativity and apply them to your modern office design. Source: Flickr

Ultimately, modern office design is all about selecting the features and amenities that will foster collaboration and creativity – and more importantly – it shows a company’s respect for its employees.

Want more information about the finer points of modern office design? Contact Leslie Saul & Associates, Inc. for a consultation and we promise your employees will thank you.