The Evolution of the Modern Workplace
Are offices set to become a thing of the past? One of the main ethos’s of the modern workplace is ‘removing boundaries’ and allowing workers to work remotely, but will this be at the cost of losing the traditional office, so many have known for decades?
Working remotely and working from home has significantly increased and from an individual prospective there are many reasons and benefits for this change:
- Avoidance of the daily commute stresses
- Flexibility to fit in the domestic and social obligations
- Reduction in the cost of travel
- Time spent not contributing to work or social life
- Working in familiar and pleasant surroundings
- Increase flexibility of working hours/output
- Greater productivity (less distractions)
From a business prospective there are other demands to consider:
- Demands on accessibility of IT solutions/equipment
- Data security and access
- Decreasing risks and increasing efficiencies
- Managing time worked and contractual obligations
- Managing and auditing statutory/legal obligations
- Measuring productivity and levels of performance
- The wellbeing of workers
What does this mean for the future of the conventional office as we know it?
Over time more offices than not are open plan, many of the single office environments have disappeared, paving the way for more people to use the same amount of space. Hot-desking has risen to an all-time high, but not without its drawbacks and unintended consequences for both individuals and businesses:
- Challenges to build the strength of working relationships
- Getting to know others and connect with the company culture, beliefs and brand
- Little or no space to store personal belongings
- No certainty day-day of where or who you may sit with
- Establishing a sense of belonging to company/team
- Blurring the boundaries of being at work or at home
- Opportunity to hold F-2-F conversations
- Building ‘trust’ between people
- Inability to hold impulse ‘spark new conversations’
- Expectations of working outside of regular hours as we know it
On the flipside -Positives:
- Opportunity for businesses to network B2B
- Cost efficiencies
- Economies of scale, (higher number of people in same space)
- Collaborative opportunities
- Innovation opportunities
- Strong Company culture
- Effective understanding of each other
- Coffee moments: Spontaneous brainstorming
- Reduced office overheads & costs
How crucial are shared physical working spaces?
Smart phones and social media have given us access to work virtually, taking our office with us on the go!
The rise of working from home has been joined by the hospitality business opening up their doors to more and more business professionals just like ourselves, so we can step away from the office, away from the home and take a fresh work ethos, with the benefits of hotels, cafes, coffee shops and the likes, all seeking a route to create a competitive and sustainable business!
Is your business considering moving away from bricks and mortar? Or, are you luring back and harnessing the influences and power of the ‘light Bulb’ Coffee moments, encouraging spontaneous brainstorming that just might be the beginning of something big in your business?
Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org what the modern workplace looks like in your business?