The Future Office is Already Here

Wouldn't it be nice if your job entailed not coming and going at the same time everyday?  A work place that gives you the flexibility to come and go as you please, letting you do what you need to get done, and then being able to leave?  How about more windows, more collaboration between workers, face to face, in open spaces, with no cubicles? Well some places do this right now such as Facebook and Google.  You can think of these places as little office test tubes, prime for expanding to a full out solution that many workers, especially Millennial's are looking for.

Places like Google and Facebook, breed creativity.  They are watering holes of collaboration and ideas.  But why are theses places filled with such radical ideas and non-conformative work lifestyles? Because it works! Studies haves shown that when co-workers work in a more open environment, collaborating with each other, including with other departments, productivity can increase.  The truth is, is that working from home isn't the solution.  Face to face communication is the way to go and creates the best work environment.  There are also ideas of breaking up the stereo-typical hierarchy in offices.  Sculpting areas so that different departments can talk to each other casually.  For example, intermingling engineer workers with the sales department to generate more unique ideas.

Another creativity booster is natural lighting and is something many architects look to take advantage of in all types of public spaces.  According to a study by Northwestern Medicine and the University of Illinois, "Office workers with more light exposure at the office had longer sleep duration, better sleep quality, more physical activity and better quality of life compared to office workers with less light exposure in the workplace". 

So next time you're in your office, look around and see what could be changed or how some things have changed that you didn't notice.  Offices in most companies, such as law firms, probably wont change too much in the next decade, but I'm sure there will be more open, naturally lighted office spaces than there are today.