Offices And New Ways Of Working

The World Of Work Evolves

Many people believe that the traditional nine-to-five set-up long since consigned to history. In fact, conventional office culture is very much alive and well, with all its attendant familiarities, faults, and frustrations. Most of us work because we must, and change when it comes, is an unwelcome distraction. There are two main concerns when it comes to work. The first concerns the physical spaces we go to do our work. The second is about the ways in which we carry out that work. A shiny new office building doesn’t necessarily herald a change in day-to-day working patterns, save for improved facilities and environmental qualities.

Large companies have systems and structures that have been evolving for decades, there a little bit like ocean liners, unable to change course without plenty of warning. However, those entering the workplace for the first time have far fewer structures, strictures, or expectations. They’re used to fast-evolving technology and want their workspaces to reflect flexibility and connectivity.

Working Environments and Design

Evolving Design

The blueprint for the modern workplace, the open-plan office, has existed in various forms for around a century. But regardless of whether an organisation uses open plan, hot-desking, cubicles or home working, the demands of work usually transcend the ways and places where work was done.

Once over there was the transformation of formal office spaces, overhauling not just the appearance and structure of the office, but the nature of work itself. Instead of cubicle farms, the new digital office combined elements of domestic, retail and commercial architecture, resulting in workplaces that reflected an emphasis on non-hierarchical creativity and collaboration.

The conventional nine-to-five structure has practically disappeared, blown away by the demands of always-on connectivity. To compensate, offices started to look more and more like homes, bars, and cafes. The separation between work and life became skewed to the point of total evaporation, aided by our eager adoption of technologies that blurred the distinctions between public and private, on and off.

A New Space and A New Design

With the increasing reliance on cloud-based data and portable devices, many offices will exist primarily to give physical shape to teams and projects. Investors like to keep a close eye on their latest acquisitions, so the idea of an incubator-like building that splices the demands of the financial sector with a more laid back, creative vibe for cultivating ideas is gaining traction.

Recently a radical refurbishment of a traditional sixties office block that’s now a bike-friendly, gym and café accommodating mixed workspace that houses hireable hot-desks alongside big spaces for corporate finance and advertising clients. Office fit outs are now based on the idea of hybridising work activity and personnel will cross-pollinate ideas; chances are there’ll be someone down the corridor who can help turn your idea into reality, your app into code or your order into a physical product.

Although offices might not constantly be revolving, they are now starting to become more alive and developing steadily, adapting to new changes rather than major overhauls. Office design is becoming more alive, which allows employees to reap the benefits of creativity and team work.