In the summer of 2012, it was announced that Avvo would be moving office locations for the fourth time in six years. We’ve zig-zagged all over downtown Seattle, and this latest move had us headed to the International District – just south of the downtown core. Moving is exhausting and exciting, and we keep doing it because we keep out-growing our spaces. We had maxed out the space in our last office to the point where any new hires would have had to sit on someone’s lap!
The difference with this move is that we had the chance to influence the layout and the style in a way we never chose to afford before. Josh started by creating a Pinterest board and soliciting ideas from everyone in the company. The pin board filled up fast with ideas borrowed from other workspaces and companies we admired. We looked at how we were currently using our space, and made note of what we could use more of (whiteboards!).
We were all invited to participate in deciding how our office would reflect who we are as a company, and how we wanted to use our space. I’m not sure many people get the privilege of contributing in that way to the definition of their workspace, but it has given us all a sense of investment.
Then we packed our stuff up in bright orange crates, ate a last lunch at our favorite north-downtown haunts (many of us trekked to Bambinos), and bid a fond farewell to the 19th floor of Century Square. It served us well.
We’ve been settling in to our new digs for about three weeks now. Having gone through all four moves, I can say that it doesn’t really matter where we end up. A new office can be exciting and rejuvenating, but at the end of the day, it’s your team that matters. You don’t look forward to going to work because of the color of the walls or the amount of whiteboard space (though both are nice). It’s when you’ve got a problem worth solving and a great team to solve it that “work” becomes a labor of love.
P.S. Check out some of our favorite International District lunch options!