This month’s “Seattle Business Monthly” profiles the redesign of MCG Health’s HQ, the big idea being that it’s a national meeting site. The article states, “The completely redesigned, 41,000 s.f headquarters … is so inviting that employees across the US are willing to fly in for meetings. When they want to get together now, instead of renting hotel space in Chicago, they use our office in Seattle. We’re telling all the managers to bring their people together in the office when they have a purpose, and that ought to be at least once a month.”
For high-value employees with no real estate costs, it’s smart to convene people where they’ll want to go. No more boring O’Hare conference rooms; instead the meeting is at the center of power, and a ten-minute walk to the Pike Place Market. This is treating people right.