The telegraph, telephone, and dictating machine changed the concept of work and office design as telecommunications meant office could be separate from factories and warehouses and differentiate between white and blue-collar workers.
While these technologies made a distributed workforce possible, American offices became more centralised.
Online connectivity potentially ensures a move away from the office to working from home.
Uncovering and explaining how our digital world is changing - and changing us. If and when you return to your office after the novel coronavirus pandemic, you'll probably notice some differences. Upon entering your building, the doors may open automatically so you don't have to touch the handles.
Remote work isn't new; it's just growing in popularity thanks to technology and the exposure to hashtags like #DigitalNomad and #WorkFromAnywhere on social media. Remote workers weren't born overnight when the internet was first created in the 1980s. Working remotely was the norm long before downtown offices and commuting even existed.
Just after WW2, there was a rise in corporate headquarters and larger office spaces and cubicles. During this time, the 8-hour workday was established.
Then came the advancements in computers and technology that lead to remote workers of today. The internet and public WiFi allowed employees to do everything they would in their cubicle, but outside the office. They can also work all hours of the day.
If you find it hard to get any real work done at your desk, it may not just mean you lack the ability to focus. It could also be your office's fault. Office design can influence how much productive work you get done in a day.
Being close to natural sunlight can make or break an employee’s experience.
Productivity gains (and losses) are connected to employees’ environmental conditions, so companies that create ideal office environments with abundant natural light and unobstructed outdoors views will reap the dividends.