Amazon's Employee Treehouses Take Work Perks to a Whole New Level
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is once again going above and beyond the status quo, this time by providing Amazon employees with indoor "treehouses" on their downtown Seattle campus.
The treehouses will be located inside the company's high-tech greenhouse spheres, which will also house roughly 3000 species of endangered plants by 2018, according to the New York Times. While the three-pronged structure isn't scheduled to open for another two years or so, Amazon's Director of Global Real Estate and Facilities John Schoettler has big plans for the unique structure. "We wanted it to be iconic, a structure that would be similar to another icon in the city, like the Space Needle, for newcomers to Seattle,” said Schoettler in an interview with the Times. "It would be a found treasure in the downtown neighborhood."
The treehouses will serve as meeting spaces connected by wobbly suspension bridges just rickety enough to "quicken the pulses of employees who walk over them," said Dale Alberda, the project architect. "The whole idea was to get people to think more creatively, maybe come up with a new idea they wouldn’t have if they were just in their office." While Amazon's moves may seem extreme, their efforts reflect an emerging tech trend focused on encouraging creativity in the workplace while cultivating a healthier work-life balance in the process. These efforts have increasingly centered around nature, with some studies suggesting that greenery in an office environment can improve employees' well-being.
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