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Working here, there, everywhere: does it matter?


Thomas Jelley, Sodexo Institute for Quality of Life

- Global

- Sep 25 2015

For a growing number of people, especially office workers and those in the so-called ‘knowledge economy’, today’s work is much less about a specific ‘place’ than ever before. Previously, we tended to be physically ‘at work’ or ‘not at work’ but work has become more a matter of ‘time’ as physical boundaries are broken down by modern technology.


Where the physical workplace environment continues to play a role for individuals and their organisations, employers are feeling the need to reinvent and reinvest in the workplace to differentiate it from their competitors’, also from employees’ homes and cafés. In some respects, the workplace ‘experience’ seems more important than ever before. Its fusion of ‘spaces’ is a growing trend as home-like environments that are actually workplaces within café and other fun environments look to be a feature of the workplace into the future. They are designed to inspire employees and foster a culture or hub of co-operation and innovation, to break up the working day with high quality interaction.

 

A recent Sodexo Institute for Quality of Life report considered people, place and performance, the impact of the physical workplace environment on key performance drivers:

  • key themes concerning the impact of place on the performance of people
  • workspace design approaches
  • workspace benchmarking approaches
  • technology-driven advances

 

It found that the physical workplace environment is intimately linked to other dimensions of Quality of Life such as social interaction, the ease and efficiency with which people carry out work activities, and their health and wellbeing. Directly measuring the physical workplace environment’s impact on performance is difficult but worker satisfaction can give useful indications. With this in mind, leading workspace design organizations use different approaches such as worker wellbeing, organizational psychology, and the essence of different workplace activities to shed light on the link between the environments they influence and the performance of organizations.

 

For more read 'The impact of the physical workplace on performance: an introduction', a report by the Sodexo Institute for Quality of Life

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Working here, there, everywhere: does it matter?

For a growing number of people, especially office workers and those in the so-called ‘knowledge economy’, today’s work is much less about a specific ‘place’ than ever before. Previously, we tended to be physically ‘at work’ or ‘not at work’ but work has become more a matter of ‘time’ as physical boundaries are broken down by modern technology.

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