It’s not just the big Tech guys like Apple and Google that have been creating a home environment at their offices these days.
According to many online reports, this trend is spreading across the country. And warming up office space hasn’t stopped with simply removing cramped cubicles. Today, a work environment can include incorporating more natural light, comfy furniture that you can curl up in, lots of greenery, games and relaxation areas.
But hold on to your ergonomic chair: hot tubs, yes! hot tubs are also touted as a great upgrade to office space.
“You might ask, how in the heck does anyone get work done with a putting green outside your window and a hot tub a floor below you?” writes Wyatt Stayner of the Dubois County Herald. “[But] according to OFS, National Office Furniture, the question you should be asking is: Why isn’t my workplace more like my residence?”
Why all the fuss about warming up the office? Well, a dull, even boring, workspace can hurt productivity, say experts. The bottom line is companies are learning they can increase productivity when employees are “happier, healthier” — which can be the result of being comfortable at work and having a desire to be there.
Our feature photo at the top of today’s blog is of a young entrepreneur, Shonduras, after he added a hot tub in place of his desk. There’s no doubt his vision for his space station gaming workspace is anything but boring.
“I imagine there’s many corporate bosses who think a hot tub is only for fun type businesses like Shonduras’s,” says Best Hot Tubs’ Bill Renter. “But consider Facebook. Some of their team wanted a hot tub in their Seattle office as an informal conference area.
“So even though the landlord wouldn’t let them fill it with water, they still brought it in,” adds Bill. “There’s something comforting about being inside a hot tub — snuggling into its seats — even without water, apparently. Spas are perfectly designed for easy conversation or just relaxing.”
Facebook Seattle Office:
Facebook let Business Insider document them adding a hot tub to their Seattle Office. The outside of the spa was decorated by artist Jeff Jacobson. Pictured in the hot tub is Philip Su, a Facebook engineer. He put up a sign inside the spa naming the hot tub conference room, “Bubble Bobble.”
Facebook’s Hot Tub Conference Room:
Bubble Bobble is positioned in a great spot in the company’s Seattle office. That’s some view. Photo: Business Insider
Shaun ‘Shonduras’ McBride At His Hot Tub Desk:
Famous on Snapchat, Shonduras presently leads a popular Youtube channel with over 1 million subscribers. He has recently purchased an Esports team and a company called Spacestation Gaming. Fun work, if you can get it.
Home Spa Fun Goes Corporate (Long Island/NY):
It’s not just during the work day either. The hot tub home experience has gone corporate for after work, according to recent trend watchers. In our area not too long ago, after a successful deal, some young entrepreneurs held a post-win party with a hot tub as the center attraction. No doubt their celebration looked something like this Bullfrog Spas’ photo.
Happy Family Gatherings (Catskills/NY):
As you can see from these Best Hot Tubs’ Catskills’ clients, even family meetings go better when in a hot tub — even without water.