One of the perks of working from home is that you can easily send your emails and complete your projects from your couch, perhaps with a blanket on your knees.
What if your comfy couch was at the office itself?
Extra-soft couches, comfortable armchairs and matching pillows are some of the main features of the Fort Point office of OwnerIQ, an advertising technology company that has a total of six locations in the U.S., including Boston.
Currently, OwnerIQ occupies the whole floor, which is basically divided into two areas. From the elevators, visitors who turn left access the main part of the office, which includes a study area, the kitchen and a large area for company meetings. Visitors who turn right, on the other hand, access another open space environment where the 32 account, data and delivery management employees work.
The space has around 20 conference rooms named after local breweries, including “Cold Harbor” and “Newburyport.” Jay Schaufeld, SVP of human resources, said that OwnerIQ employees chose to go with local breweries names instead of the other options, which were local poets and Boston neighborhoods. Each of the conference rooms is equipped with two monitors – one for conference calls, one to pull out documents and work together with a colleague – and with, yes, very comfortable chairs.
“Tech companies tend to be crammed. We have room for our employees to spread out, which is in line with our company values: collaboration and transparency.”
The 105 employees of OwnerIQ have their desks in the open space areas, where there are also many empty spots that the company said it’s looking to fill out thanks to new hires (although the company made layoffs earlier this year, BBJ reported). On a corner of the office, there’s what employees call “The Bridge” – a sort of room-in-the-room where only executives sit.
“Tech companies tend to be crammed,” Schaufeld said. “We have room for our employees to spread out, which is in line with our company values: collaboration and transparency.”
Here are some photos I took during my recent tour of OwnerIQ: