They may have resulted in runaway success back then, but windowless offices which are completely cut-off from each other belong in the 20th century. Traditional cubicles are also becoming obsolete, no so much by way of workspaces which feature them, but more in terms of their relevance in the 21st century business and corporate world.
Things have changed a lot, including the way in which we do business, so if you haven’t done so already then it’s about time you brought your business into the 21st century. How do you do this? Well, it’s as simple (or perhaps not so simple after all) as drawing inspiration from the way in which your business operates in this day and age. You’re no longer just filling up your office with appropriate office furniture, but are rather designing your office space so that it is as functional as possible, making good use of every square metre and creating a workspace environment that breeds productivity. At the same time you don’t want your employees dreading coming to work as a result of an uninspiring, industrial-like working space.
It can be very difficult to incorporate all of these considerations into re-doing your workspace, especially since you want to get it all done as quickly as possible, with minimal interruptions to your daily business operations. It’d be best to bring in the expertise of specialists who eat this type of task for breakfast, such as the likes of Office Principles for quick but high-quality office fit-outs.
Your liaison with a specialist office designer shouldn’t have you leaving absolutely everything up to them however. As much as you’re sure to get a good service, you undoubtedly have some goals for the final output you want to achieve. There are very few things worse than being stuck with a working space that just keeps chipping away at your nerves as a result of some or other design issue bugging you. You have to clearly communicate your wishes and desires and then leave it up to the pros to translate that vision of yours into a practical workable solution which might even surprise you when the last nail has been hammered.
So what are modern day offices or workspaces all about? “Workspace” is perhaps the correct term to use over “office,” quite simply because workspaces do indeed need to be multifunctional, fluid and productive. Where you’d have had a desk and a chair in each office, a few chairs lining a long, flowing communal worktable will do, encouraging interaction (if required) among employees. This way quickly bouncing an idea off a colleague is much easier than having to get up and out of one’s office desk and amble down the passage to your colleague’s office.
Functional workspaces of the 21st century have a multipurpose feel to them, with everything everyone needs within easy reach. Workstations should not look too permanent and fixed however, but wherever someone sits down to get some work done, they should always have the option of being able to enjoy enough clearing space around them to keep unnecessary distractions at bay.