Posted on March 12, 2013 - by Khaled
Few days ago, I read and saw the posts on Linkedin Today about “where I work?“. It is a sort of showcase to share with professionals using Linkedin the 50+ Places Where Big Ideas Are Born. In this collection, some of the most important online influencers share the secrets of their working spaces, offices etc… And what was obvious is that “Sometimes the best work happens while walking, broadcasting, flying and even on the beach”.
For me, the conclusions to draw from these posts is that the “Perfect Workspace” has no clear definition. It is a personal quest. For some it has to be a big office in a large room, for others it is a table in a coffee shop, sometimes it is a standing desk or even a stool and a laptop in your garden. The most important thing is to be at your ease and in the mood to produce great work and to come up with bright innovative ideas. This mainly depends on your habits, the nature of your work and the tools you use to be productive and to be inspired.
Our work space choice can tell much about us. This is interesting to consider especially if this work space makes you feel at the top of your productivity. However, we all continue to fine-tune and evolve our settings and tools in order to become even more inspired, creative and productive.
Since few years now, we are witnessing changes and new trends in how we manage businesses nowadays. This is obvious from the posts in the “Where I work” series from Linkedin. The clearest tendencies show that the traditional work spaces and offices are less and less used and preferred. The displayed work spaces evidently mirror important evolution in our way to conceive modern business and offices. Modern concepts are geared towards increasing flexibility and fluidity and witness of a constant effort to achieve better communication and more openness. This is really enhanced and catalyzed by the technological advances in devices and mobile networks, wireless internet speed and the greater accessibility to productive software everywhere (thanks to the cloud and other advances). Portability is no longer a wild dream! Traditional offices are still used but they are evolving too.
We see more and more outdoors desks, “mobile offices” and standing/walking working options.
Some prefer a basic frugal work space; others can’t perform well unless they customize their work space with photos, souvenirs and personal belongings.
My advice is to find out the best work space set up that allows you perform at your best and be productive, creative and inspired. Then you can try to fine-tune it and bring in a considerable deal of innovation, flexibility and portability. Remember, your work space tells a lot about who you really are! I could even say “Show me where you work and I will tell you how you work!”