The 21st-century said goodbye to cubicles and said hello to creative working environments where employees are happy and businesses are thriving. Here are 5 qualities that make the modern office a much more rewarding place.

Access to new technologies

New apps, the latest software, the best hardware—when it comes to technology, something’s always ready for an upgrade, and the modern office stays on top of it all. There’s never an app they haven’t heard of or a technology trend they haven’t read about, and learning about these innovative abilities is just as important as knowing about them. Companies who invest in their employees will find them experts on the technology they need in order to be productive and successful.

Sustainability

When a company makes a commitment to reduce their environmental impact, it brings employees along on their sustainable journey and proves they care about their people and the planet. And with an increased awareness of the ecological impact a workplace can have, more companies are adopting sustainable policies. From recycling to paperless systems, this sort of company ethos promotes positivity and boosts morale, as employer and employee come together to make a sustainable difference. No more wasting paper and tossing those plastic water bottles!

The freedom of mobility

One of the biggest changes in the modern office is the ability to work anywhere, at any time. Businesses are realizing that if their employees are given the freedom to work when and where they want (as long as they meet deadlines of course), they’re happier and more productive. Even the freedom to occasionally leave early and work from home can improve morale. And with Wi-Fi available pretty much everywhere, a mobile office has never been more possible.

A collaborative workspace

Productivity isn’t about sitting at your desk alone all day. It’s about collaboration, creativity and agility. Successful companies are designing their workspaces to encourage these characteristics. A more productive office inspires chance meetings among coworkers, promotes communal seating and creates small meeting spaces within common areas. The key is a collaborative environment, unchaining workers from their desks and giving them the freedom to interact. These are the qualities that make staff members look forward to work every morning.

Healthy incentives

Healthy employees miss less work and stay more focused, so it makes sense that companies are starting to invest in the wellness of their staff. From healthy snack options to building an onsite gym, there are a number of perks that encourage employees to make healthy choices throughout their workday. An employee with a rumbling stomach will be less focused than one who is fully satisfied and has the energy to keep working.