Today, it is encouraging to hear well-being at work and the physical working environment being actively discussed. Many people have felt that changes in the working environment have become a shortcut to increased cooperation and learning from each other. It is not a given that everyone will adjust to changes at the same pace, although most people will, as long as It is not only the physical space that is changed.
What is Transformation of Work and how does it affect workspaces? One thing is certain, we will need considerably less space in the future. This is the result of the change from individual offices to activity-based offices. Even more significant is the current change in leadership. When productivity is no longer measured by time spent in the office, managers need to stop measuring it. When working hours are no longer controlled, employees are free to decide how to organise their work.
We are talking about leadership based on trust, with employees assuming the main responsibility for managing themselves and their work. It may sound frightening to those used to the old management teams, but individual employees may also find it worrying. How do you adjust to freedom if you’ve been on a short leash for your whole career? It will take time, but once you get used to it, you won’t want to go back. When you manage the results of your work, you can make minor decisions which, traditionally, have been the prerogative of freelancers and the self-employed, you can sleep in after a late evening, or take the dog for a walk – in the middle of a working day. Any organisation will benefit from employees who, rather than feeling tired, are capable of being more focused. The problem may not be too much relaxation and rest, but a lack of same.
For employees, flexible working can improve their quality of life – not their working life, just life in general. This may often mean issues like checking your emails “outside working hours”, but it may not always be negative: it may mean not having to worry about the morning and the number of emails received from the boss after 17:00 the previous evening.
Although the physical working environment becomes smaller, its social significance increases considerably. Organic encounters are given a new value when people realise that virtual encounters do not always generate the same quality of thinking. When going to the office is no longer a must, it should always be that little bit better than the alternative places of work: friendly colleagues, a quiet and attractive environment and access to other forms of stimulation, not forgetting the coffee. People may also find it difficult to concentrate at home, and some may wish to separate home and work as a matter of principle. This should also be allowed.
Perhaps the office of the future will no longer be like an office, but a combination of a café and quiet areas for work? A good working environment allows organisations to achieve their objectives, but it also allows individuals to work to the best of their ability.
Enjoy your working day!