Productivity

Why Jelly Beans May Be Key To Your Future Workspace

Adam Turner
Technology Journalist

Adam Turner is a Sydney Morning Herald senior technology columnist who has been writing about the challenges facing Australian business for more than a decade

Adam Turner
Technology Journalist

Adam Turner is a Sydney Morning Herald senior technology columnist who has been writing about the challenges facing Australian business for more than a decade

With 2015 just around the corner it’s timely to think about workplace change. A new study purports that we are undergoing the biggest workplace changes since the industrial revolution.

Office Team

Here are the Workplace Reorganisation Elements You Need to Think About to Propel Your Business Forward

  1. Think Laterally About How You and Your Staff Work
    The era of an office, workshop or factory-based division of labour, with everyone sitting or standing in the same place Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm, with management staff supervising to measure their output is over. Technology offers many new and exciting options. 
  2. Assess Your Staff’s Abilities
    There is a range of generations in the workplace – their experiences with technology, lifestyles and preferences are more varied than ever before. The new management culture is about the empowerment of skilled staff to make the most of individual talents. 
  3. Staff Don’t Have to Be Tethered to a Desk
    People used to sit at their desks to answer their phones, make calls and work on their computers. But all devices are now portable, with mobile phones, laptops and tablets constantly connected via WiFi, people can work effectively from anywhere. 
  4. Reorganise the Work Environment
    Forget about individual desks with partitions between them. Re-divide the workplace into different spaces that people can move between and around. There should be quiet desks for finishing reports, shared big spaces for projects that involve a high degree of collaboration, and quiet, inspiring areas for coming up with ideas. 
  5. Try ‘Jelly Bean’ Working
    Even though your staff will be allowed to work for periods outside the office or at different areas in the building, constant connectivity gives bosses the ability to know where they are and what they’re doing. New software used by applications like Skype and Microsoft’s Lync can collate information from social media or operate devices like sociometric badges to give everyone a different coloured marker that shows up on managers’ screens signalling whether staff are online and the nature of their activity. Trials have shown staff are willing to embrace the trade-off in privacy for this more flexible and creative work environment.

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