Indeed, one of the most famous examples of the power of the creative, collaborative workplace comes from all the way back in 1986 when Steve Jobs – then CEO of Pixar – designed the organization’s new building; placing the space’s only toilets, café and post boxes in its center. As Jobs explained in 2001, the reasoning behind his design decision was simple, “We wanted to find a way to force people to come together, to create a lot of arbitrary collisions of people.” And, as the Independent’s Archie Bland
comments, “It worked. Something remarkable started to happen. […] Pixar’s employees started to bump into each other. They shot the breeze. Sometimes, the chatter would yield something useful, and one of the participants would head back to her desk with a new idea.”
There can possibly be no better testament to the power of the creative workplace than the financial return achieved by Pixar; in 2006, the company was sold to Disney for $7.4bn. Steve Jobs had paid just $10m only two decades before.