Office enviroments: a remnant of the past?
It’s not hard to understand why many people love the office. The 9-to-5 schedule gives you a sense of structure and routine, which many people crave. Plus, you get to spend time with your colleagues and make friends in an office environment. But are there other options for an optimal workplace? Let’s look at some pros and cons of working in an office that might lead you to believe it’s not always the best option:
The early days
In the early days of the office, it was the only place to work. That meant employees had to go into an office every day, sit down at a desk and do their job. Today, though, remote work is becoming more common—and some companies are even starting to offer flexible hours in order to accommodate that shift.
But even though remote work is on the rise, many companies still require their employees to come into the office. And some workers are starting to push back.
A sense of community. An office can be a family!
A sense of community is one of the most important factors in building a workplace. In fact, it’s often cited as being more important than compensation and benefits for keeping employees happy. A sense of community is something that can happen anywhere, even at an office.
In addition to creating opportunities for people to meet and interact with each other, offices also provide spaces that allow workers to socialize outside of their desks or cubicles. It’s easy for an office space to become one big family: you’ll see coworkers chatting during lunch breaks or getting drinks after work; maybe you’ll even see them celebrating holidays together!
The office is a place where you can focus on one task at a time, without the constant distractions of meetings, emails and phone calls. In fact, having no distractions makes it easier to get work done because you’re not distracted by other things that need your attention.
Collaboration and team-building. The strong point for offices.
In the office setting, collaboration and team-building are important. These two skills will help you get the most out of your workday and make it more efficient. Team-building is not limited to solely being done in an office setting though; there are many ways that you can collaborate remotely, as well as online!
A blurring of boundaries. Beyond the office!
The change in the way we work has been a slow but steady evolution. It has been brought about by advances in technology that have made it increasingly feasible to operate remotely, such as the internet and smartphones. These technologies have led many professionals to consider remote work as an option, whether they are looking for a more flexible schedule or simply want to travel more frequently.
Work from anywhere, no need for offices!
The freelance life is one of freedom: You’ll be able to work where you want, when you want.
You might think that working from home is the answer to all your problems, but it’s not always a good idea. If you are a remote worker who works in an open-plan office, then the temptation to sneak away for a cheeky game of Candy Crush will be impossible to resist.
But there are some downsides too: Your coworker may not be as productive as they could be if they’re distracted by their own thoughts; or perhaps your boss will call with feedback on why he thinks it’s taking so long for that report she asked for last week (even though she never asked for one).
So how about working from somewhere else? Coffee shops and hotel rooms on vacation offer some respite from distractions (and let’s face it—they’re great places to get some work done), but sometimes the best place is right under your nose at work itself!
The office is not the best workplace.
When you think of the best workplace, it’s easy to see why the office would come to mind. You have coworkers and an office setting that provides some measure of privacy, but you also have access to other people for collaboration, teamwork and project management. However, there are some downsides to working in an office that may make it less than ideal for your needs as a worker.
First off is noise: If you need quiet time while you work (either because of physical distractions or auditory distractions), the office might not be right for you. It can be hard enough to focus on your own tasks in a noisy environment where everyone else around you is chatting away; it becomes even more difficult when everyone around you has their headphones on listening to music or talking with someone else over Skype or Google Hangouts.
Second off is privacy: While many companies provide private offices with doors that close completely (and even those without doors often allow some level of “quiet workspace”), these spaces still tend toward being shared by multiple employees who may not always keep confidential information about each other’s projects under wraps—and if one person decides they want all their meetings held inside their private space rather than out in open areas where others could overhear them… well then that means no one else will be able to use them either!
The Death of the Office!
The office is not the best workplace. It’s time to re-think how we work and what we expect from each other. The bottom line is that we need to be more flexible, both in terms of our physical location and our mindset about what success really looks like.