I stumbled upon an article from Forbes talking about why offices aren’t needed anymore so I’d like to make my case to show why this couldn’t be further from the truth. Obviously, as an office fitout company in Perth, we are biased, but we are entrepreneurs, we gain a unique perspective for the advantages and disadvantages in the industry as we our customers’ businesses grow and sometimes fall as the years go by.
Without rewriting the original article (view it here), I’ll address a few of the points here.
Increase in collaborative technologies
Arguments against the need for offices in small business often start with the points about the increase in collaborative technologies. Being able to have meetings at a distance is great. Being able to share documents and files when needed is also a good point, but the mistake is thinking that collaborative technologies offer any advantage over being able to discuss and share thoughts, documents and files in a room, which they don’t.
New generation of Workers
As stated by Forbes: “This is a generation that doesn’t know what it’s like to get 200 emails a day while sitting in a cubicle.” 1. Of course they don’t. Neither does any generation before working in an office. Change for the sake of change isn’t good business practice.
Working from Home is a more attractive workplace
The argument is that based on a report by Chess Media Group, workers would rather work from home. In my opinion, this is connecting the solution to one problem with another. The solution to this problem is to provide an uplifting and exciting work environment rather than thinking of an office fit-out as an expense with no return.
As an employer, it’s important to increase worker happiness, well-being and hence, productivity, ingenuity and creativity. What better way to help than to provide an office environment to be proud of?
1: Forbes 2013 – http://www.forbes.com/sites/jacobmorgan/2013/10/01/8-indisputable-reasons-for-why-we-dont-need-offices/