Google corporate has its own unique environment complete with Foosball, pool tables, volleyball courts, assorted video games, pianos, ping pong tables, and gyms that offer yoga and dance classes. Googlers share cubicles, yurts and huddle rooms and there are very few solo offices. Zappatos uses whiskey shots during its employee interviews to offer a more relaxed environment and to provide the potential employee with the necessary “fuel” to be completely open during the interview.
BRC Designs has its own employee environmental ideals. . . studio fishbowls. Fishbowls are studio workshops for BRC craftsmen and fine artists to work in. A fishbowl is essentially an closed studio area that has a glass opening so that artists are allowed the solitude that they may prefer, but also allows each artist and craftsmen to be observed while working. Fishbowls are designed for one to three artist to work in the same space depending on the artists preference. Interaction between artists is essential in an “Andy Warhol Factory’ setup where the end goal is the same for each artist. Artist can learn from each other, but at the same time each artist prefers different levels of isolation. Fishbowls allow each artist the necessary amount of interaction and isolation that he or she may require.