The epidemic has become a time of reflection on both personal and business levels. Technology companies in particular are evaluating whether they will ever return to full-time, office-a-method. Some are considering the hybrid approach and some cannot go back to any building again. In the midst of so much, Dropbox they decided this week to redesign the office with a new concept called Dropbox Studios. Drew Houston, CEO and co-founder of Dropbox, sees the epidemic as a compelling event, forcing companies to rethink their work through a distributed lens. He doesn’t think that many businesses will simply return to the old way of doing things.
As a result, he wanted his organization to be able to rethink office design with one that spreads across the cube landscape. Instead, he wants to create a new approach that takes into account that people do not necessarily need permanent space in the building. “We’re launching our Dropbox studios this week in the United States, including San Francisco,” Soft Houston told me.
Houston said the company collaborated with colleagues to think about how to do the best job in the office while sitting at home. “We have personally focused on the experiences of experienced people, some of which we coordinate at the organization level and then some you can go to our studio, which has returned to support further collaboration,” he said. To this end they have created lots of soft spaces to create a casual feel with a coffee shop, Houston calls the groups “on-site off-site” and conference rooms for the parties to call the classroom an organized group learning.
The idea is to create a purposeful built-in space for what people will be missing from personal conversations since the epidemic forced people to perform extra personal chores at home and what would work best in an office environment. The company is planning dedicated studios in major cities such as San Francisco, Seattle, Tokyo and Tel Aviv to have smaller on-demand spaces run by partners such as WeWork elsewhere. As Houston said when he appeared at TechCrunch Dispatch last year, his organization sees it as an opportunity to be at the forefront of distribution work and acts as an example, and other agencies serve as a help guide to continue similar travel.