Monday, June 9, 2008

The Green Workplace of the Future

What does the workplace of the future look like? Better question... what is the nature of work in the future? Right now, most people associate work with an "office" or a single physical space where they do work. But with technology, we no longer need to be tethered to one place. In fact, for many knowledge workers, they are almost never in the office anyway (they just don't like to admit it). So, if we're completely untethered, how would we like to work? I'm willing to bet it wouldn't be in a place like this:

Microsoft says it should look like this. But I think that's a software company's dream. I mean, it looks like an environment made for computers, not people. Very sterile.
My idea of the perfect workplace? How about something like this...
It's one of the quietest places I've ever been and a short commute from my house… the Library of Congress Reading Room. Now that's a workplace that is inspiring and very condusive to working on heads-down tasks. Or how about any other library for that matter.

How about when I need to collaborate? How about a place like this?
You’re probably thinking… So you’re talking metaphorically, right? Actually, I’m not. Using libraries and cafes or other public or private spaces available to us could really be an individual or team choice. Do we even need an office? Or if we have one, perhaps it's much smaller, as we only need it to collaborate, use special equipment or regularly connect with our colleagues from time to time. Given the wide variety of choices we have to work in truly people-centric, productive places, why would we ever choose to sit in a Dilbert cube again?

6 comments:

Alex said...

Surely the green workplace of the future is the home office and, if I may be so bold, a shedworking garden office solution.

Greenette said...

I love the idea of a home office, but not when my daughter is at home! Besides, I get bored.

Chris said...

Saving on gas is an incentive to working at home. But working at home requires discipline while being in home environment. No distractions!!!

Anonymous said...

That is pretty smart and intresting espacially for the Washington D.C. area. But my biggest problem has always been a "green" alternative form of transportation and I recently stumbled across this website www.coachrider.com. I'm planning on using it to get my kids to tennis camp. Just trying my best to help the environment.

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