Please Remove Your Shoes Before Entering This San Francisco Headquarters
Pier 70 gets a homey makeover and a no-shoe policy.
Gusto, a San Francisco company that helps small businesses manage payroll, benefits and human resources, recently moved to Pier 70, a cavernous space that once housed the Union Iron Works machine shop. Industrial and immense (55,000-square-feet), the company leaders sought solutions to make the office more comfortable for its employees. And that included a no shoes policy.
“We want our office to feel like a home, to be comfortable and authentic,” said Josh Reeves, CEO and co-founder of Gusto, in a story for the San Francisco Chronicle. “We started Gusto in a house in Palo Alto and had a no-shoe policy there, and we all grew up in shoeless houses.”
The home theme is carried out in the cavernous central space, which ‘gusties’ refer to as a living room, albeit one appropriate for a giant. Groupings of couches, easy chairs and coffee tables alternate with rows of workbenches. Overhead loom the old gantry cranes complete with driver cabs, and a complex crisscross of pipes and beams, while huge arched windows bring in natural light.”
You can see more pictures of this clever transformation here.
Big turnout numbers show the program is already working.