It is largely understood that in most work cultures, the vast majority of work is the responsibility of individuals and small teams assigned to specific tasks. In many cases, it may not matter where the work is done as long as the individuals (and groups) meet the fulfillment of their goals in a responsible and timely manner.
Jason Fried tells us that we have traded the eight-hour work day for twenty-four hours of “Work Moments“. Most of us would agree that, when those invaluable moments occur, it is essential that we are in a work environment that is relevant to our immediate need. No matter where or how individual work occurs, the fact is that its effective and timely accomplishment is critical to personal objectives as well as those of the organization. Therefore, the personal choice of easily available and appropriate workspace, wherever it might be, is often up to the individual.
In most cases, business leadership would prefer that the majority of those workplace offerings be located within the physical confines of the greater organization. Beyond the day-to-day work activity, there is always the potential that unplanned and somewhat serendipitous activities within the workplace might lead to constructive interaction and innovation.
Whether business leaders are striving for Innovation, Interaction and Collaboration or, just getting the job done, the fact is that the course of actions necessary to get work accomplished has rapidly become the individual choice of those who own the task and is often entwined with other duties, both personal and professional.
Alternative workplace may be located in the home or in a public offering (Library, Coffee House or an organized Community Work Campus) it is, however, critical that it is conveniently located and contains the appropriate tools (including furniture and space) that support a variety of work needs. This makes the attraction to an appropriate work environment, by employees, a critical factor in the accomplishment of overall business goals. Therefore, decisions concerning Work Processes and the Physical Spaces in which they take place must be a high priority with business leaders.
Providing and Maintaining a dynamic work environment, that continually supports its users with appropriate tools and a variety of work settings, will be essential in creating a First Choice destination for associates in this highly competitive job market.