Since the inception of Egan Reid way back in 1957, we have been providing offices, businesses and schools with the necessary supplies and services required for day-to-day operations. Consequently, as we celebrate our 60th Birthday year, we recollect the numerous office fit outs undertaken from the more traditional offices to much more modern, specialised workspaces. As such, here we discuss how offices have transformed over the past 60 years:
Creative & Collaborative Workspaces
Gone are the days of the grey, boring and uninspiring offices that are reminiscent of the popular TV show ‘The Office’. Today, businesses utilise their workspace to be functional, creative and attractive in order to get the most out of their staff and provide an appealing place to invite customers.
Over the past few decades, there have been a multitude of articles that demonstrate a positive correlation between creative office spaces and the productivity of workforces. From standing desks to office plants; creative and collaborative workspaces have become the norm and this trend is continuing to proliferate into the future.
Integration of Technology
Since entering the technological or digital age, the digitisation of data has meant that businesses no longer require space to house paper records. Moreover, the integration of technology into the workplace was an essential turning point for organisations, as the shift would prepare them for a global technological revolution.
Since this move from physical to digital operations, the inclusion of technology throughout office based businesses have streamlined their operations to maximise productivity and output. Inevitably, the introduction and growth of the internet has facilitated much of this, but there is also much more to come as the internet continues to mature.
Heightening Productivity & Output
In the 21st Century, there has been a great desire from organisations to improve the way their teams communicate and collaborate on team projects. As such, the introduction of cloud based computing, in addition to unified communications systems and devices, have paved the way for more meaningful cooperation where every member of the team is involved.
In the past, businesses would need to rely on communication via post or a landline phone, and it is only since the days of the internet that businesses have been able to bring themselves closer to their customers.
For businesses looking to make their way abroad, the past wasn’t so forgiving to them, as the logistical feasibility of uniting employees that do not work within the same room has always been a challenge. Until the introduction of the Internet, that is!
Through the utilisation of online communication tools, both employers and employees can communicate with consummate ease no matter where they are in the world. So when it comes down to accommodating larger workforces, in the past, employees would be crammed into offices like sardines, whereas now offices are generally more spacious. As such, this is no longer so much of a common issue, since the abundance of technology and use of the Internet has eradicated outdated communicational problems.
In short, offices have modernised to adapt with the changing of the times, but are almost always associated with the same goal in mind; to improve the way we work. In the past, this has never really been an issue as the sheer number of office based businesses has grown exponentially since the launch of the internet. However, in this day and age, offices need to be designed in a way that heightens productivity and raises morale in order to get the most out of employees.