6 Workplace Trends And how it’s changing the way we work…229 views
Extreme commuting, open offices, unlimited vacations – check out the future of workplace…..
When your work takes you far. Very far
The United States Census Bureau defines an extreme commute as a daily journey to work that takes more than 90 minutes each way. A new breed of executives is now refusing to relocate and opt for extreme commuting, which involves either making a weekly trek by plane or travelling daily by car.
Why: Because relocation as a deal-breaker for many job candidates.
Pros: It gets you the miles. Also you don’t have to uproot yourself or your family.
Cons: Only open to certain functions like sales. Being on the road takes a toll on you, ultimately threatening productivity.
Who’s doing it: Hewlett-Packard, Sun Microsystems
Open office spaces
The death of the office cubicle
Even though most workers hate them, open office space with no private offices or even cubicles continues to gain popularity. Now, about 70% of US offices have no or low partitions.
Why: Maximises space, minimises costs, bosses can keep a closer watch.
Pros: Ease of interaction, laid-back, stronger office friendships.
Cons: Distractions, lack of privacy, loss of productivity, workers’ dissatisfaction, spread of infections.
Who’s doing it: Google, Yahoo, eBay, Goldman Sachs, American Express
No place to call your own
An open office plan sounds bad? Try hot-desking. It does away with assigned spaces altogether. People find a new workspace each day, depending on where they want to sit or more realistically, where there’s room.
Why: Cost reduction through space savings—up to 30% in some cases.
Pros: Increases teamwork, better space management.
Cons: No place to have an office stash, no personalisation.
Who’s doing it: IBM, Microsoft
Because sitting is the new smoking
Employee wellness is becoming key to many successful businesses. Hence, standing desks.
Why: Office workers usually sit behind a desk for 8+ hours. Standing helps in countering the ill effects.
Pros: Ergonomics research shows up to 18% increase in productivity when people stand more or use sit-stand workstations.
Cons: It’s not for everyone, not suitable for long days, lack of privacy, leg/feet soreness.
Who’s doing it: Facebook, Google
Unlimited vacation time
Take time off when you want, not when you plan
It’s a great hook for hiring. Give the employees’ vacation time when they need or want. In return they’re more willing and excited to produce good work in the office.
Pros: With flexibility comes accountability. Treat employees like grownups and they will behave like grownups.
Cons: Can only be implemented if you have tangible deliverables for every role.
Who’s doing it: The Virgin Group, Netflix, Groupon
Bye-bye to brick & mortar
A virtual office provides communication and address services without providing dedicated office space.
Why: The traditional real estate market forces businesses to make long-term investments and predict needs that will likely change. All this is changing thanks to new technology and more flexible working arrangements.
Pros: Saves cost, enables working from home, flexibility.
Cons: Not suitable for all businesses, lack of discipline.
Who’s doing it: Telus