I never thought at some point in my life I would be looking into innovative office solutions or even realize how important it would come to be. ‘Innovative’ was not a word I associated an office with. Instead, I thought about putting long, never-ending, arduous hours at a plain old office cubicle with plain, stiff chairs and static desks. At least that is how it was at the call center I last worked at, a few years ago.
The chronic ring of the analog signal that signaled I was connected to a new customer coupled with the boisterous voices of other agents shouting excitedly into their Plantronics headset in hopes of securing a sale, were enough to drive me nuts. The desks were so constrained and so tightly pressed together, I was almost sure I could count the number of pores my coworker had. Well, maybe not to that extent, but you get the gist.
I can tell you it was not a pleasant experience and not one I particularly missed. I dreaded the thought of going to work and more often than I care to remember, I had to drag myself to work knowing it would be another tiring, body numbing, and noisy day at work.
However, it doesn’t have to be that way. An office doesn’t have to be cramped, stuffy, and unpleasant. In this day and age where we are constantly putting forward life-altering inventions and finding creative ways on pushing the envelope, our working environment should facilitate and reflect that change.
What does it mean to innovate?
Innovation does not always have to be grandiose or happen on a grand scale. The dictionary defines it as making changes to something already established; especially by introducing new methods, ideas, or products. In simpler terms, it is taking something existing or current and making it better. That’s all there is to it. I have seen businesses and home workers alike spend more time and energy on supplying their offices with the equipment needed for an operational office(which is important) yet not enough time on coming up with ways to make their working environment better and work for them.
Your ideal working space
How often do you stop and think about the space you work in? Let alone thought about innovative ways to better your working space?
If you haven’t put much thought into it until now, then this would be a good time to start. It is probably where you spend most of your waking time; therefore, it is only natural we give it proper attention. Go ahead and imagine how your perfect working space would be like. Can you picture it? What would it take to get you or your employees more efficient at work? More comfortable? More creative?
How your office shouldn’t be
I have come to prefer thinking of an office as a creating space. It paints a much better picture as to what an office can be. After all, that is the space in which your creations take life. When you think of your working space as more than just an office, you start entertaining of ways on how to make it more exciting and how to make it more you.
But whether you see it as your creating space or your office, it should not be a typical office cubicle; boring, uncomfortable and uninspiring. When your office is not working for you, it not only mentally stresses you, it puts a strain on your body, and diverts your focus which ultimately takes time away from your work. It is inefficient, a waste of energy, a waste of mental resources, and a waste of your potential.
How your office should be
Your working space should reflect your working style so that you can put forth your best work.
Tycoons like Google have revolutionized the old way of “doing office”. They do not see their working space as mere “offices”, but an important place where the magic happens. A place that gives birth to their fundamental ideas and give those ideas wings. Google’s establishments appear to provide an ideal environment that is creative, spacious, and fun for their employees. They even have a giant slide for their employees to use. Who would’ve thunk it? Fun at work!
Google and businesses like it following suit, are challenging the conventional way of how an office should be by utilizing innovative office solutions. Ultimately, it is paving the way to a more efficient and fun working environment. Conventional offices should be a thing of the past and with reason.
Your working space optimally should work with you or for you but not against you. It should help alleviate some pains that come with doing business/working so you can be better equipped to handle growing challenges at work. And most importantly, it should be an enjoyable experience that helps optimize your health and keep you energetic. If you find yourself or your employees chronically fatigued with muscle pains and back related issues, we highly recommend thinking of innovative solutions. You won’t regret it.
Okay, should I just revamp my whole office?
Change doesn’t have to be so sudden. As Bill Hogan said, “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” You can start off by getting rid of old, stiff chairs in lieu of plush chairs to cushion your bum and support your back. These static, unmoving desks I mentioned earlier? Replace them with dynamic ones that adjusts better to your working style. If you prefer standing or sitting down, you can opt for innovative solutions such as the standing desks that offers you both features.
Innovation at your fingertips
Whether you work from home, a brick and mortar office, or do office on the go, we aim to connect you with innovative solutions you can start incorporating in your creating space to limit some challenges and to create a functional and efficient working environment. In our upcoming articles, we will delve more into some must have office products we believe will give you a cutting edge in your field of work.