Signs you work in an office that’s embraced 21st Century
Tips and tricks Mar 27, 2020
Think about all the offices you’ve seen, on TV or in real life, or heard about. The things that can make it a place you enjoy working in or the things that can make you dread the word itself. Is open plan better than having your own space? Are there enough pot plants. Is there somewhere for the smokers to go where they’re not going to freeze in winter. Where’s the water cooler. How far is the nearest source of caffeine…? These are the things that may spring to mind as the greatest influencers on your working mood and thus your productivity. But what’s the true mark of a 21st century office space is how technology has been integrated.
Technology–problem or solution
Whether it’s a printer that keeps breaking down or a photocopier or scanner that prefers to eat your document than to copy it, it’s a sure bet you can think of an example of workplace technology letting you down. The worst moments can be when you’re in a conference, giving a breakdown of your project and your carefully designed PowerPoint presentation won’t display properly in front of your boss or a client. Glitches will happen. It’s unavoidable, but with the right equipment that’s properly integrated instead of cobbled together, the chances of technology rebelling and ruining your video conference are much less.
When a system is doing the job it was designed for, with equipment and software it was made to work with, that’s when you know you’re in a proper 21st century office. Video conferences with a cheap webcam and a laptop’s microphone? No thanks. Let’s have a dedicated video conferencing system that works and desks that don’t have trailing cables, waiting to trip us up (to see examples of both check out NEETs).