Working at an office is almost like a rite of passage in the modern world. At one time or another, it’s likely that most of us have held an office-type job. Depending upon your experience, you may have positive or negative things to say about the typical office setting. It may be the most calm, private place in which you have ever worked, or else the least pleasant, most soul-crushing experience of your life. Nowadays, however, in response to the rapidly changing world, many are starting to move away from the typical cubicle-esque setting and trying new things for office space.
The modern office can trace its design roots all the way back to the early 20th century, when Frederick Winslow Taylor decided that offices needed to become more efficient and productive. The general template that he created has remained the staple for the intervening years. Nowadays, in response to the complaints of some of the employees, some employers are trying alternate methods of office setup, such as the open air model. The pros of this setup don’t come without some tradeoffs – employees are typically less productive in this type of environment, due to the greater incidence of distractions.
Other non-traditional settings, on the other hand, enjoy a greater success rate. An increasing number of Americans, for example, are beginning to work from home, and they are on average more productive than people in the traditional setting. Even in a traditional office, greater attention is being given to things like the color of the walls, which has a marked effect on productivity.
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Home Office Tour – 2011 by Chris Pirillo