The environments in which we work are ever-evolving to keep up with the new generations replacing the old. When you take a step back and look at our workforce over the past 50 years, you’d be amazed at how we’ve evolved as workers seeing how far we’ve come since the early stages of the corporate world.
Some of the changes implemented into the workplace have made a lasting impact and will forever set the stage for our careers, job expectations, productivity, communication styles, and otherwise. For instance, the introduction of open-office floor plans and remote work policies are some of the latest workplace changes that have taken the world by storm. An open floor plan is a fun way to offer everyone a collaborative space but notice the word, fun. The ever-present opportunities to work together means your office environment can make or break your productivity.
The rise and fall of the cubicle
The rise and fall of the cubicle is a hot topic to debate. Cubicles were made to prevent distractions in the workplace in the 1960s, but after a while many felt closed off, isolated, and disconnected from peers. Employees working in cubicles in the 21st century also felt like they were the breeding ground for distractions, especially personal ones. Cell phones and internet browsing in a private space can leave workers a full task load accomplishing nothing at the end of their workday.
Despite this, many would agree that the death of the cubicle has positively impacted their productivity and working styles. Open-office floor plans promote collaboration and entice workers to stay on track knowing they are essentially being “watched” by nearby team members. Open floor plans also have a number of benefits outside of increased collaboration like natural light, standing desks, unique meeting spots, and more.
The rise of remote work
Perhaps the most important change of all is the rise of the work from home policy. FlexJobs reports a 159% growth in remote work over the past 12 years. With more and more companies working this into their structure, we’ll likely see this number significantly increase in future reports.
Companies implementing work from home policies significantly increase workplace satisfaction and productivity while simultaneously saving the employee and employer money. Of course, there are downsides to work from home policies, but all in all, most companies reap benefits from it.
Your office environment can make or break your productivity, whether you’re in the office, at home, or spend your working hours in both places. The way we work now is different than decades ago, and our work styles need to account for those changes. Manage your workload well and work to dismantle distractions, and you’ll be able to enjoy the perks of the modern workplace.