You may have been through countless office redesigns in the past, but could the start-up culture hold the key to office designs of the future?

Start-ups have championed the move away from traditional offices to a more flexible workspace centred around employee engagement. But how exactly have they done this?

We spotted some potential answers recently on

Open floor office

Start-ups are all about being informal and interactive and they use their workspaces to show their company culture.

The result? Literally knocking down the walls to create open spaces in which people can communicate quicker and share ideas. This type of workspace also does away with the idea of company hierarchy so employees feel managers are more accessible.


Technological advances have reduced the size of the tools of work and made them more mobile. The increased use of laptops and mobile devices at work has resulted in employees spending a lot of their time away from their desks, especially as more and more companies encourage team brainstorms.

This does away with the need for assigned seating. And that’s where hot-desking comes in. Hot-desking also encourages greater collaboration as it enables employees from different departments to interact.

Work-life balance

As millennials become an increasingly large proportion of today’s workforce, there has been a surge in desire for a greater work-life balance.

In order to increase staff happiness and retention, more and more companies are providing onsite perks, such as fitness centres, childcare centres and even in-house farmers’ markets.

While your office site might not be big enough to host these perks, it’s worth considering how you could use your office space to provide a better work-life balance for your team members.

Space to connect

The downside to technological advancements is that we spend less time having face-to-face interactions.

Start-ups are tackling this by building break rooms, communal areas and cafés so colleagues have space to interact with each other in a non-pressure environment.

Bringing values to life

Similar to reflecting company values through open plan offices, start-ups often use innovative design to make workers physically part of the company’s mission. Take The Barbarian Group’s SuperDesk for example, it runs the entire perimeter of the office, rising and falling, creating meeting spaces and desk areas – and everyone feels connected.

Have any of these ideas inspired you to update your office environment? Why not give the Kerr Office Group a call to see how we can help?