CHANGE YOU CAN LIKE

In the past, I have had Posts about Change: the fact that, in business as well as life, you sometimes have to re-invent yourself. Your industry might change, your company can change, and your life can change; so, you might also need to change your Work Skills to keep up. Well, why not your WorkSpace? And, your Living Space?

The linked article from the Chicago Tribune, “Thinking Outside the Cubicle”, by Rex Huppke, http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-10-30/business/ct-biz-1029-work-advice-huppke-20121029_1_treadmill-desks-cubicle-or-office-office-buildings, provides an interesting viewpoint. And, it is probably a trend that you will see more of, in the future.

I can definitely understand Mr. Huppke’s viewpoint. My wife prefer’s to sit at a desk and use the computer. On the other hand, I prefer to sit on a sofa, either researching or writing Blog Posts and watching television. So, why shouldn’t we each decide how we feel more comfortable? Control of one’s environment correlates to improved output.

Over the past several decades, many businesses have eliminated offices and, more recently, cubicles. Corporate executives have a much better chance to know what is really going on in a business if they are out mingling with line workers. Or, how about work stations that are not assigned to anyone? That way, people who are working on something can sit near others who are working on the same project–rather than rely on Email. Eliminate the walls and the information can flow freely.

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  1. #1 by Marissa Huber on November 9, 2012 - 6:19 PM

    Your daughter sits in an environment without assigned seating. I have a locker for my things, have hardly any files, and can sit or stand and work wherever I like. My phone is connected to my computer. For the most part, I love it. I like the flexibility. Ergonomically, it’s nice to be able to stand in addition to sitting all day. It’s better for your back. But some days I miss my desk and not being able to leave my things where they are. We do have a few of those “Walkstations” at work, but I have yet to try it. I’ll have to do that and report back.

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