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Encourage interaction

Offices are evolving. However, they still remain at the centre of the working lives for most of us and increasingly we are adopting location neutral practices and habits. Just as we are developing portfolio careers, so we will be using portfolio workplaces; convenience and efficiency are key drivers, enabled by constantly evolving connective technologies used to increase office productivity.

Whilst sometimes the job in hand can require a head-down focused approach, more and more businesses are creating communal areas to allow for interaction. As humans, we are naturally wired for human connection, so stepping away from a screen for a real conversation can improve office productivity. Impromptu meetings over a coffee, or sharing project dilemmas whilst shredding or photocopying can help employees release from a slump and get their creative juices flowing again. Many organisations do not allow lunch to be eaten at desks either, meaning colleagues often interact over lunch in the canteen, a break room or outside.

 

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Offices are changing

If you Google ‘the office of the future’, you will learn that the office as we know it will be dead in a few years. The reality is that most work is still carried out in a central location that, for the sake of simplicity, we call ‘an office’.

Workplaces are becoming more adaptive to the needs of work and workers, with the evolving concept that ‘work is where you are’. This location neutrality can embrace completely new environments and reconfigure spaces in traditional offices.

Many of us have spent more time in our offices than we have at home. Most of us spend more time working than sleeping. So what can employers do to make maximise effectiveness of the office space?

 

Effective office design

Over the course of the 20th Century, efficiency theorists and organisational psychologists have influenced the design and layout of the office environment.

One possible definition for the office of the future is ‘anywhere with an Internet connection’. Perhaps the workplace should be characterised by connectivity, rather than a physical space.

However, it is up to employers and employees as to how quickly this change occurs – and how completely.

 

Maximise output

Before mobile phones and social media became mainstream, a remote office worker could be uncontactable for an entire day, without raising a comment. A holiday was one or two weeks spent completely cut off from the world of work. You couldn’t check email or take a phone call as we do today.

Technology and changing work cultures mean that work is within arm’s reach 24/7. Most of us have become desensitized to this over time. Younger people have never known anything different.

But by being ‘always on’, there is a risk that how we perform becomes reactive, rather than proactive. This means that we risk being not just connected to our work, but ruled by it.

As Philip Tidd of Office Architectural Practice Gensler recently said, “Your productivity is not measured by the amount of time you sit behind a thing called a desk. It is what you do. It is about your output.”

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