Not long ago my partners and I got that exact opportunity. For the first time we put our names on the lease for office space, so we called the shots. The first thing we did was articulate the aspects of office life we hated. From that came a list of off-beat ideas that we thought would make employees happier.
The Budget Mistake
The first challenge you have to overcome is spending too much or too little on your new office. Make a list of the minimum you need to do business and add to that. You may have a lot of “wish list” items that don’t make sense to have available on day one. Do you really need boxes of designer pens engraved with your company information to give out to clients on the first day? Your goal on office opening is to have a direction that grows the business. Then you can add perks like company golf shirts and coffee cups.
But, the question is how you can become an active part in innovation. How you can make innovation to be your daily routine? It is not simple. It can’t be done with saying, but it can be done with doing.
~ Steven Pressfield, The War of Art