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  • April 20, 2018

5 of the Most Innovative Office Environments You've Ever Seen

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Written by Pete Jaradeh

Associate Product Marketing Manager, Oracle HCM Cloud



For many, your office is practically a second home, so it should come as no surprise that companies looking to attract and retain top talent are doing everything imaginable to make their work environments part of the attraction.


Repetitive employee turnover can be expensive and, while human resources often does their best, making a few office modifications can make a big difference for retention and morale. Not only that—establishing a more collaborative, creative and enjoyable culture can do wonders for workplace productivity and help promote healthy and happy employee relationships. It's amazing how important the physical environment of an office space can be.


"It’s no secret why our physical space matters: we all want to spend our workdays in environments that energize and inspire us. These types of workspaces help us feel more creative, engaged, and connected to the company we work for," explained Jacob Morgan, a keynote speaker at Oracle HCM World 2018.


We've compiled a list of 5 exceptional offices that range from modern and fun, to downright out-of-this-world. So without further ado, and in no particular order, here are our favorite, jaw-dropping locations.


CBRE – Sydney, Australia


As the world’s largest commercial real estate services company, CBRE manages more than 1.6 billion square feet of commercial space from over 450 offices worldwide—one of which managed to catch our eye. Located in the heart of Sydney, CBRE’s head Australian office is taking modern décor to the next level. The entire interior of their building is outfitted with patterned hardwood floors, curvy coves as well as thin glass and wooden walls, providing a sleek modern look. The various meeting rooms and work zones easily allow colleagues to collaborate with each other, increasing productivity, while simultaneously encouraging team work. In the center lies a beautifully crafted, LED-based lighting sculpture as well as a classy bar area, installed to help employees feel appreciated and at ease while creating a communal environment. If you’re interested in seeing more, take a look at Electro Light’s CBRE publication.



Ford Motors – Washington D.C.


Ford Motors may have been around since the 1900’s, but their new Washington D.C. based office is anything but old school. Designed by renowned architecture firm Wingate Hughes Architects, this government affairs-related complex attempts to pay homage to Ford and Lincoln’s iconic branding, as illustrated by the entrance’s three-dimensional floating, satin-finished Ford logo, accompanied by a Lincoln logo backdrop. It features a waiting area designed to resemble the seats from actual 1950’s Ford cars, known for their comfort and luxury, as well as a spacious conference room, aligning with the office’s minimalistic theme and helping to promote a more collaborative and supportive work environment. Ford underwent this dramatic transformation in hopes of not just emphasizing their commitment to the future but their employees as well, most of whom are sure to welcome the sleek and simplistic nature the new office has provided.

Fujitsu – Sydney, Australia


In addition to CBRE, another organization’s offices are turning heads over in Sydney, Australia, and that organization is none other than Fujitsu. Architect Woods Bagot worked hand-in-hand with Fujitsu to commission their Oceania Headquarters and the results speak for themselves. Woods’ design incorporates integration and Japanese architecture principles in a way that makes every area of the office seem connected and soothing, helping promote collaboration and reducing stress amongst their staff. The design itself features graphic motif carpets, block-print patterned walls, timber cladding and traditional wooden furniture, all in an effort to solidify their brand and create a place employees truly enjoy being at.



XL Catlin – Wroclaw, Poland


XL Catlin’s offices are known around the globe for being stylish and attention-grabbing but one in particular stands above the rest: their Poland location. In order to make this ambitious location a reality, XL Catlin contracted The Design Group, a Polish architectural studio, to oversee the design process and bring some new ideas to the table. At first glance, you’ll immediately notice the black and white contrast enriched by thin, dark veneer paneling and ultra-bright, linear lighting, giving the inner area a modern and elegant feel. You’ll also be drawn to leafy green backdrops, eloquently placed behind meeting locations, providing employees with a sense of tranquility and, according to Harvard, proven to boost productivity. XL Catlin announced a major initiative to retain key staff members and talented individuals back in 2015 and their clear commitment to their office environments is definitely a step in the right direction.

Hilton – McLean, Virginia


While not technically an office, in an effort to keep up with the latest trends, Hilton recently launched a communal space directly beneath their global headquarters, known to McLean inhabitants as “The Social.” The Social is roughly 10,000 square feet in total and features many amenities guests of their resorts are already familiar with. For example, the interior includes a wooden and marble reception area, an international food hall, privatized collaborative work areas and even a full-service Starbucks, adjacent to an outdoor terrace. Matthew W. Schuyler, CHRO at Hilton, stated that this recent overhaul relates directly to Hilton’s talent-based initiatives, commenting, “In sustaining our position as a Great Place to Work, these innovations are crucial in attracting the best local talent to our business.”

Think your workspace brings extraordinary to another level? Let us know on Twitter using #OracleHCM and share images of your home away from home and potentially be featured on our next cool offices blog!


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