The boxy cubicle layouts of the 70s were thought to create private workspaces to reduce distractions and boost productivity. In the 80s, collaborative workspaces and minimalistic office styling was a hit as employee mindset and happiness levels became a focus.
Today, we see varied office spaces that encourage socialising, collaboration and focus more on ‘how’ we work. Modern office workers understand the importance of pooling resources and ideas and creating a community-based space.
Productivity is no longer measured by how many hours you spend behind a desk but instead is reflected in your output. To improve the productivity of a team, happiness levels need to be taken into consideration. The modern office has begun to bring the outdoors in and create open, living spaces.
We’ve also seen a shift in effective working environments with different people and personalities requiring varied workstations to work at their full potential. Casual hangout rooms, chillout pods, silent spaces and standing desks are commonly spotted throughout the modern office.
What’s our next step? Will we see a turnaround from immersing ourselves in technology to reducing our time spent online and working collaboratively?
With the future of the workplace seeing more changes and movement, we’d like to think we’re ahead of the game.
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