When I interviewed for a job at TopGolf, I interviewed at our facilities in Allen and Dallas because the company's headquarters were still in Chicago at that time. I knew the headquarters were being relocated to Dallas and, like any new hire, I curiously envisioned what the office might look like. I imagined an environment like the one I worked at while with Southwest Airlines, with pictures and toys everywhere, because both companies have such a fun culture.
When I was later told that I'd be working in a "totally open environment," I thought, "How on earth will I concentrate? Talk on the phone? Avoid distractions?" Up until that point, I'd enjoyed the privacy of four walls and a door, so I was a little apprehensive about making the transition to one big open room.
Now, I wouldn't change the TopGolf office for anything. The collaboration that happens every day at TopGolf is remarkable. Departments talk to each other. You can overhear meetings and chime in if it makes sense. I can even scope out the office candy stash in my line of vision, without having to leave my desk. (My next post should probably be titled "The TopGolf 15.") Not to mention, chatting with and getting to know my co-workers has been fun. It's so much easier to drive to the office every morning when you can look forward to seeing friends.
So how did we make this open environment work, you ask? TopGolf recruited the office design gurus over at Stafflebach to help us create a space that would allow for maximum collaboration and fun, while minimizing noise. The conference rooms offer a quiet escape for private meetings (or maybe even naptime, if you visit the beanbag room). Thanks to Stafflebach, the video you see in this post offers you a tour of this special office that myself and 70 other Associates call our home away from home.
Beers on tap? Check. Ping pong tourney every Friday? Check check. Super fancy industrial coffeemaker with a nearby bookshelf full of reading material? Got it. Breathtaking ceiling-to-floor views of downtown Dallas? You bet. But don't believe me½see it for yourself!