You’ve probably also noticed that the telephone and computer are no longer the only devices on your employees’ desks. Blackberrys, iPads, Androids phones, owned not by the company but by the employee, are just as prevalent and, frankly, as necessary for work as the devices you have authorized and distributed.
Knowledge work is becoming increasingly collaborative as we tackle more projects in groups, working side by side with colleagues. But what if your job requires collaboration with people you rarely, if ever, meet? Distributed teams are common in business, but that doesn’t make the essential challenge easier: How can widely dispersed people work well together? Better yet, how can they become true teammates whose work is greater than the sum of their individual efforts?
Like other companies, Accenture wanted to address the empty office issue, but they wanted to do more. The workplace, they reasoned, should exemplify the high performance the company is known for, and actually help people attain higher levels of performance. So they developed a global strategy, and rolled it out in a reinvigorated Houston office.
As more and more people use the internet to make their work mobile and free themselves from being shackled to the office, it’s not just workers’ lifestyles that are going to change – our physical work spaces are bound to as well.
Does your office look too much like The Office? Are you sick of cubicle overload? As entries rolled in for the Inc. and Architizer Coolest Office contest, we found several themes shared by the sharpest entries.
Even though scientific research obviously has been enhanced by internet connectedness (the web, after all, began 23 years ago as a vehicle for scientific collaboration), Kohane and his researchers found "striking evidence for the role of physical proximity as a predictor of the impact of collaborations."
Part 1 of 2. Work and the workplace are changing today, driven by globalization, shifting demographics, technological advances, and economic pressures, just to name a few causes. And no one sees that stopping anytime soon.
Executives everywhere are being asked to deliver higher performance from every company asset. Yet they often overlook an asset that’s both highly leverageable and pivotal to the organization’s success: the office.
Two design pros who will speak at an upcoming coworking conference on a panel about creating spaces that foster collaboration explain that, as technology allows teams to be far more nomadic, providers of corporate office spaces have a lot to learn...
Technology has had a big impact on how we work. As few as 5 years ago, there were still people working very closely together in shared office spaces. They depended on accessing the same information at the same time — which was probably on a server in some closet that was in the office.
But if you’re like most office workers, then you’ve probably noticed that there are a lot fewer people around the office these days. In fact, studies show that private offices are vacant as much as 60 percent of the time.
"A workspace is as much an opportunity to express who you are as a company as it is a functional place to get work done. This is an important chance to put your brand into three-dimensions, to surround yourselves with personality and character, to create some theater for your prospective employees and partners."