The new office comes with a lot of flexibility, where employees can remove or reinstate a wall depending on their requirement and that too with just a push of a button.
LinkedIn, the professional social networking site, has moved to a new office in Bengaluru. This new office – spread across 222,000 square feet in three floors – is double the size of its previous premises. However, it’s not the size that’s the talking point of this new workplace, but it’s the design concept that boasts of encouraging collaboration, cooperation, team work, innovation and creativity.
The office has eight collaboration spaces which are designed to encourage open communication and constructive ideation between employees. One of the collaboration space is designed like a classroom as the company believes that people mostly get into the best of friendships while in school or in classrooms.
The office has eight collaboration spaces which are designed to encourage open communication and constructive ideation between employees.
This collaboration room promises to provide the same atmosphere to let employees experience the openness and ease of interaction along with their colleagues as they had with classmates or friends in school.
Even the workstations come with lot of flexibility. Every workstation has a button that the employee can use to move the walls guarding a work-bay, up and down depending on the need.
The walls can be lifted up for getting a closed little space when needs to make formal calls or requires personal space for working. At the same time, employees can remove the wall when they need to communicate and collaborate with others. This is one-of-its-kind, especially designed for its India office.
The office interiors are an amalgamation of Indian and global themes. While it has drawn inspiration from local Indian themes and motifs, the design are also in sync with the company’s offices globally.
Besides having all that an employee needs while working, this office also has various options for rejuvenation and relaxation. It has multiple collaboration spaces, informal meeting lounges, a wellness centre, recreation areas (including music room and games), contemporary cafeteria and several small bistros.
It provides spaces for relaxation and rejuvenation, both physically and emotionally, in line with the organisation’s Global Wellness Program for employees. There is a fully equipped gym along with adjoining shower rooms for men and women, music room with drum-sets, guitar and table; as well as game rooms with table tennis, foosball and snooker table.
For short relaxation breaks, there is a room with automatic massage chairs as well. Apart from this, the wellness centre lets the employees engage in yoga, Zumba, kickboxing and more such activities, boosting a healthy lifestyle among the workforce.
LinkedIn’s new office reflects its global culture of transformation, collaboration and humour, and also has a high-end cafeteria that consists of live counters and serves multi-cuisine meals throughout the day.
Akshay Kothari, country manager and head of product, LinkedIn India, says, “Our vision is to create economic opportunity for every member of the workforce. We see the workplace as an enabler to fulfil the professional goals of our employees, transform our organisation and deliver more value to our members.”
“Our new office in Bengaluru reflects these beliefs and truly captures the spirit of LinkedIn as an organisation. Our innovative office space is intended to instil a sense of belonging amongst our employees, make a happy workplace and contribute to overall productivity”.
Kothari also mentions that LinkedIn encourages employees to ‘Act like an Owner’ with regard to every decision that the company makes. This is why the company involved employees in designing the workstations, the collaborative spaces and the wellness amenities.