Jive’s New Digs in San Francisco
November 20, 2015
I sat down with Jive’s Senior Global Facilities Manager, Gregg Webber, to get the scoop on Jive’s new SF office
Q: Why did Jive move to the new location in San Francisco?
A: Our SF office is actually one of the fastest growing offices for Jive, and we were getting to the point where people were going to have to sit on top of each other (half joking). We needed to create a great place where we can expand and continue to grow our presence in SF. The move team felt it was important to remain in the SOMA area due to it’s location between Caltrain and BART, and because it is the technology center of the city. It’s a very hot commercial real estate market in San Francisco and vacancies in SOMA are very rare. Fortunately for us, the floor two flights down from our previous office opened up. Needless to say, it was one of the shortest travel distances in my “office move career.”
Thirsty Bear conference room
Q: What are the most exciting new features of the San Francisco office?
A: We have several cool features in the new office. The entry into the office was designed as a casual collaboration area as well as the central gathering place for celebrations. A very popular design element these days is the use of wood and stone, and we have featured these finishes in the kitchen with reclaimed wood on the walls and island, along with the tile backsplash in the main kitchen area. In addition, we have new state-of-the-art conference rooms, including our new boardroom Thirsty Bear. (We named all of our conference rooms after SF-based breweries).
Kitchen and Almanac conference room
Q: Which features and/or design considerations were focused on increasing employee productivity and how?
A: Facilities is constantly being asked about the availability of standing work stations. Many of the solutions are either unattractive or not very functional. One of the big wins in this new office design was the introduction of electric sit-to-stand desks at every workstation. These new desks also help with the one-size-fits-all height of the old desks. Minimal height adjustments are as easy as a press of a button. Additionally, we will incorporate standing tables in the two collaboration areas giving the Jivers in SF the ability to work however they are most comfortable.
The last design feature I want to call out are the ceiling clouds. We have maintained an open ceiling design but placed clouds over the work areas to minimize the noise of conversations and people talking on the phone.
Almanac conference room and open work area
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