Brave New World Of Work
PC.com recently had the privilege of visiting Microsoft’s regional office in Singapore to take a look at the changes brought on by their New World of Work. The redesigned offices are fitted with the latest technology to provide improved flexibility in the working environment.
The approach to the New World of Work is based on the idea that change takes place in three areas: people, place and technology. These themes are interrelated and success depends on understanding and optimizing the overlap between them. The impetus for undertaking a journey to a New World of Work usually lies in one or more of these three key areas:
People – Modern society’s mental approach to technology is shifting, becoming faster, more social, more integrated, enabling us to work and communicate in different ways.
Places – We are increasingly working on the move – from airports, other offices, during the commute or from home – meaning that we have become more fluid in terms of our physical presence.
Technology – As the lines become blurred between home and work, the idea of the office as the primary work location is being challenged as we evolve the idea of being able to work any time, any place and anywhere.
The company has completed re-vamped the office space to make the New World of Work a reality. Now, there are no assigned desks or private offices for managers and employees can work anywhere in the office by using a PC, handset, webcam or smartphone. Individuals can find each other using a handy app on their Windows Phone devices that tracks which rooms people enter and which desk they happen to be using. Employees who need some peace and quiet to work can change their settings to remain invisible to others.
Our media tour was held at a time when most of the employees were out of the office, so we couldn’t see the Microsoft people in their main habitat; but the colours and environment makes one wonder if they’re hiring.