Space cadets: How space can help foster a great company culture

As startups move from their respective kitchen tables, coffeeshops into coworking spaces and private offices, figuring out what to do with the suddenly very personal work environment—and how that office reflects the intended culture of the startup—can be a challenge. So learning from those who have been there and done that can be super valuable.

If you’re struggling with these concepts—or will be soon—this event from Turnstone provides the perfect space to explore these issues.

Company culture happens – whether you have two employees or a thousand. Engaged companies make intentional, strategic commitments to create a great company culture. Join us for a lively discussion with successful local companies on how the design of space can potentially help foster great company culture.

The event will consist of a panel featuring Sarah Drew, Sr. Global Workplace Manager, Puppet Labs; Patrick Ezell, Digital Product and Ecommerce Consultant, (Former CEO, Copious); Richelle Nolan, Managing Director + Principal for IA-Interior Architects, Portland Office; and Mark Rogers, Workplace Consultant, Steelcase.

Not familiar with Turnstone? That’s too bad. They’ve been consistently supporting Portland startup events for years. And now, they’re starting to do their own. Here’s a quick glimpse of their take on culture.

The event takes place Monday, March 14, at WeWork Custom House. Doors open at 5:00PM.

For more information or to RSVP, visit Small Talks: How Space Can Help Foster a Great Company Culture.

  1. Nathan, Collective Agency is an open-plan workplace with six conference rooms for meetings and phone calls. Each member gets 3 hours per day total in conference rooms. Also, having culture be great is essential for a productive and joyful open workplace. All new members and people here are making history or generally being great; take the Collective Agency quiz to see if you qualify. Alex

  2. I didn’t see any quiet places for concentration in that video. You see people discussing lost productivity and frustration in exclusively open-plan workspaces. I’m curious if (particularly software) startup founders are consciously making a trade-off by not having any private space.

    There was a trend for open-plan schools in decades past. How had those been made to work, and what caused them to be dysfunctional in other cases?

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