Since 2010, Nokia (NOK) has closed its five satellite offices in the Bay Area and relocated the employees—mostly workers from research and development and marketing—to a gleaming five-story building in Sunnyvale, Calif. There, amid Nordic modernity, they enjoy a shape-shifting office: Fewer than 10 of the 500 employees have a permanent workspace.
“It’s about the variety it gives you,” says communications manager Karen Lachtanski. “We move to new views to give a new perspective. We’re not a place with family portraits pinned to many cubicle walls.”
Employees work over lattes and fresh-made sandwiches from a cafe that brews Peet’s (PEET) Coffee. Two wellness rooms, each with a shower and a napping area, help traveling executives decompress before meetings. Clusters of classic arcade games and a trophy case of obsolete Nokia models are constant reminders of the inexorable need to innovate or perish. The smallest conference rooms, lined with fragrant pine slats to evoke a Finnish sauna, double as private phone booths. “Finns love their saunas,” says Lachtanski.