Growing the Open Office Culture
We recently repurposed and customized warehouse space in downtown Tacoma as SiteCrafting’s new, expanded headquarters. If you’ve been following #thenewsitecrafting on our social media, you’ve seen our progress over the last 9 months.
We were very fortunate to partner with local companies on this project. Westroad Investments, Sprague Pest Solutions, BiNW, BCRA and Superior Builders all came together to help us figure out how to get the most out of an empty warehouse.
SiteCrating led the charge on envisioning the potential for this space by answering this simple question:
What Have We Always Wanted?
It turns out, we simply wanted to build on what was already working for us.
The Open Office
SiteCrafting has had an open office environment since we opened our doors more than 15 years ago. The original purpose for the open office was to foster collaboration and that desire still holds true today. We continue to focus on face-to-face communication through an environment that allows not only planned, but also impromptu collaboration without invading others’ work environments.
We also need the space to allow us to cater to a diverse workforce. We are very fortunate to have a team made up of individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds, communication styles, and work modes. We have historically been able to provide a culture and environment that is both positive and productive. We needed our new space to maintain and even improve the already established culture and workflow.
Finally, we need to continue a culture of support for a healthy work-life balance. We have been steadily building momentum on our commitment to 40 hour work weeks, flexible schedules, useful benefits, as well as wellness opportunities over the years. In this day and age, it’s easy to find studies showing how this affects employee satisfaction, which in turn impacts the overall performance of our business. The new space needed to showcase our commitment to these values and allow us to do even more for our team.