Office Envy: SPS Commerce

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    Employees came up with the sayings on the walls, many of which are inside jokes among the employees.

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    Carey says the cubicle model wasn’t working for them. They wanted collaboration and interaction at work instead of closing people off.

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    The company also incorporated sit-to-stand desks, which Carey says are very popular among employees.

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    Carey wanted to encourage more informal group work and integration among employees, so they incorporated various multi-use spaces.

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    With the use of the neighborhood concept, Carey dreamed up many conference rooms, all of which are equipped with technology.

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    Carey says they also tried to incorporate more bench seating, so that employees can work side-by-side—and to make the space feel “homey.”

  • Company: SPS Commerce
    Headquarters: 333 S. Seventh St., Minneapolis
    Size: Size 23,000 square feet
    Designer: NELSON
    General contractor: Greiner Construction

    SPS Commerce, a systems management firm, has been redesigning its downtown Minneapolis headquarters one floor at a time, learning as they go. The most recent renovation is based on a “neighborhood” design, senior vice president Mike Carey says. The layout is more open, with spaces to allow group gatherings, but it also provides for private conversations and focus areas.

    “You can be professional without being stuffy,” Carey says. “The space was meant to drive conversations.”

    That started with the remodeling process. Employees were encouraged to take part—providing ideas and insights about the type of work environment that works for them.

    Flexible furniture encourages collaboration, Carey says. The new SPS conference rooms are equipped with the latest technology. There’s even a new library for those who need some peace and quiet.

    To make the office more “natural, airy, fun, and collaborative,” Carey says, SPS moved some private offices away from the windows and into interiors, which Carey says brings more light into the space.

    —Ellen Schneider