Way back in the 1950’s
A typical office space used to be a warren of closed office spaces with a very clear hierarchy. That hierarchy was based on the size, location, if you had a private office or a shared office, or if you were in the general open office space. Then things evolved……..
Next was the “cubicle farm”
The walls came down even further, the doors came off and the noise ramped up. The positive outcomes from this was a decrease in the cost to reconfigure space and a decrease in the cost per square foot of real estate required per employee as well as an increase in the opportunity to share information and interact more easily with colleagues.
The downside was an increase in noise and inability for some to be able to concentrate (especially if you are beside or near a “loud talker”),
Followed by “hoteling”
Book your desk, book your meeting room keep all of your posessions in a locker. Work in the office, work in your car, work from home. This is still a fairly new way to work and ties into another concept called:
Agile and Activity Based Working (ABW)
The year 2019 saw the outbreak of a virus known as Covid-19 that soon turned into an all-out pandemic. It forced countries to shut their borders, companies to close up shop, and millions of people had to work from home or worse, lost their jobs. However, prior to the pandemic, remote work had already started gaining popularity, but things just took an unprecedented turn in 2020, leading to a significant rise in remote working. There is no doubt that the pandemic accelerated the whole process, causing companies and individuals to realize the numerous benefits of working remotely. With this realization, I am confident that the trend will continue to grow, and we can all expect greater flexibility in our work environments.
the Home Office
Technology has made it easier and more accessible to work from home, proving that people can adapt to change and thrive in new environments. Although meeting in person is important, the current pandemic has shifted priorities to prioritize safety and health.
Working from home isn’t for everyone, but it certainly has its advantages. As a seasoned professional in both office and home-based work environments, I can confidently affirm that both have their benefits and drawbacks.
Home Office pros/cons
As a design professional, I know that working from a home office can be challenging, but it doesn’t have to be. While it’s true that working in an office can provide access to executives and colleagues, successful remote work is all about creating an environment that works for you.
If you’re struggling to find a rhythm and stay focused, don’t worry! With the right tools and mindset, you can accomplish anything. Start by setting a schedule and creating an environment that allows you to work efficiently and effectively. Whether it’s finding a quiet space to work or simply organizing your belongings, there’s always a solution.
If you’re feeling stuck, let me help! A few tweaks to your home office space can make all the difference. Whether you need a new desk or advice on how to create a more productive workspace, I’m here to guide you every step of the way. Let’s work together to create a home office that inspires creativity and productivity!