These days every company working in the digital sphere, in advertising and marketing or increasingly, in a host of other sectors, has to have an office with a least one quirky object stuck in the middle of it.
Matt Rendle has worked in more than his fair share of such places. “I used to be a junior account exec in a pretentious PR company and our office had a fantastically expensive piece of art on the wall that was just a plain black canvass,” he said.
“One day I noticed a temp secretary who didn’t realise this, pinning some notices onto it. Also, the settee in our meeting room was so uncomfortable that one of our clients actually fell off it. We had to pretend we hadn’t noticed.”
With that in mind, here are five things that every quirky office should have:
1. Table football
When the creatives need to let off steam or the testosterone in the office gets too much to bear, it’s time to recreate last Saturday’s big match. There’s lots of shouting, lots of arguing with the ref and very little work done – but the players are still “conceptualising” or cogitating as they play and so they can bill their time pinging the ball around to at least one client.
2. Meeting rooms with quirky names
“Paris,” “Grapefruit” or “Marilyn Monroe,” – so much more fun that just “Meeting room 1,” or “the boardroom.” Besides, mentioning to a colleague “I’m off to Barcelona,” sounds so much more appealing than “I’ve got a meeting in room 2.3.” On the other hand, “I’m in Porridge until 4pm,” or “I’ll see you in Newport Pagnall for the sales meeting,” doesn’t sound quite as good.
Continue reading on the next page for the final three items to complete your office.
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