Is the Future of the Office in the Home?

Is the future of the office in the home?

Today’s guest post is looking at the possibilities of working from home, and what that means for the future. Enjoy!

While it may sound like heaven on earth for lots of people, the prospect of working from home is a subject that has been open to debate for many years. In a world that is growing increasingly connected, how has this argument evolved? Is working from home the future, or does the good old-fashioned office environment still reign king?

Some companies have already made their minds up. After years of predicting working from home as the future, Yahoo in 2013 made the decision to ban its staff from remote working. Why was this?

According to a memo from Human Resources over at Yahoo, “Some of the best decisions and insights come from hallway and cafeteria discussions, meeting new people, and impromptu team meetings.”

The memo also said, “Speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home”, although not everyone agrees with this.

Entrepreneur and owner of Virgin Group, Richard Branson, known for spending much of his time working from the comfort of his own island in the Caribbean, called the move a “backwards step in an age when remote working is easier and more effective than ever”.

With more new technology in the home such as high-speed Internet, smartphones, and tablet computers, plus the endless range of services to help us stay connected. Is the location of where we complete our work even that relevant anymore?

Obviously not every industry applies, but in an age when so many work in offices, why can’t they choose to have their office space at home? The beauty of working from home, is that your workspace is exactly that, yours. Because it’s in your home, you have the ability to make it work for you, creating an environment that you feel at your most comfortable.

Interior Design and consultation services such as Ultimate offer some more unconventional pieces of office furniture. The aim is to transform your home not just into a productive office space, but somewhere that will keep you inspired to work from home and maintains your well-being at the same time. This is an important step in an age where more people are working remotely than ever before.

gesture chair

Sometimes overlooked, but arguably the centrepiece of any office, the humble chair. The Steelcase Gesture is the first chair designed to support interactions with today’s technologies. A global posture study identified the most common range of postures made when interacting with technology, specifically influencing every detail in the design of the chair, and it looks amazing.

Knoll Florence Oval Desk

Naturally, the desk is the next piece of furniture that springs to mind. The Florence Knoll Oval Desk is interesting, due to its versatility and unconventional shape for an office desk. It’s also unusual to see such a range of surfaces, transforming it into the focal point of any home office environment.

If the future of the office really is in the home, it’s worth at least reimagining how we see the place in which we work, working on your laptop in bed is certainly not the most productive of home office spaces!

Image: Knoll

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1 Comment

  1. December 9, 2014 / 7:46 am

    Oh i like that desk. I need a more comfy chair in my home office

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