Better Work@Better Designed Office?
The word office reminds one of the physical place where people come together to perform predetermined tasks in sync with the organizational goals. Offices are places where people perform assigned tasks in a structured manner. However, with the onset of knowledge-based work, the Internet and the mobile phones, the definition of office began to change as an individual could work from anywhere, anytime and thus an ubiquitous office (a virtual office) has been quite prevalent. Add to this the workplace expectations from millennials/Gen Y, one would have an even bigger challenge at hand.
Today’s work environment can be described in terms of Mobility, Flexibility, Agility, Collaboration and Technology (MFACT). 1 Increasingly, there is a culture of working from home or working from a place out of office that could be a café or a restaurant where people could feel comfortable to collaborate. Should companies provide this comfort in their offices? If yes, how?
Of late, the IT bigwigs like Google, Oracle, Accenture, etc., and almost all of the start-ups had set new benchmarks for office space/office design that resonates well not only with employees’ age but also depicts the MFACT environment. Should this be the defacto norm for all the offices? How would other generations – the veterans, the baby boomers and Gen X respond to such changes?
- 1 Makarand Kulkarni, “All in a Day’s Work”, The Economic Times, February 8th 2014