How to Bring Your Office Into the 21st Century

How to Bring Your Office Into the 21st Century

It’s impossible for a business to become successful if it’s stuck in the past.

Businesses have to be forward thinking, so here’s how you can bring your office into the 21st century!


Create Relaxation Areas

Did you know that regular breaks and having the chance to unwind helps employees to stay energised and productive throughout the day?

I know it might seem counterintuitive, but the research backs it up.

Working constantly throughout the day without stopping isn’t good for your staff or your business.

You should at least give this idea a trial run and see if it works out for your business.

If you ask me, it certainly will. You could turn one of your rooms into somewhere for people to wind down and do something fun. Some businesses even install TVs and games consoles for employees to use.


Breaks Down Hierarchies

Running a business in which the structures and hierarchies are too rigid is a thing of the past. It’s a concept that is pretty out of date nowadays.

You might not like this, but it’s true. And if your business is going to drag itself into the century, you need to be prepared to be more flexible and democratic in the office.

You, your managers, and your employees should all be seen as equals in the workplace.

This will make for a much more positive and productive workplace. You should be available to talk to and willing to take suggestions from anyone in the office.

It shouldn’t matter how high ranking or experienced they are.


Create an Open Plan Office

Nowadays, open plan offices tend to be seen as the best way forward. Having people sitting at rows of desks is a bit old fashioned.

This way of working doesn’t allow for much collaboration or teamwork.

It shuts of employees from their colleagues and makes interactions much more difficult.

If your current setup doesn’t lend itself to an open plan layout, it might be worth thinking about moving into a new office.

There are plenty of high quality offices for rent on the market right now, so have a look at what’s on offer in your area. It should have plenty of floor space and be adaptable to collaborative working.


Update Your Tech

Technology is now an integral part of every modern business. It’s not something that any business can do without.

A fast internet connection, the latest computers, and a modern printer are all essentials. You might also want to consider using tablet devices to allow for faster internal communications.

If you’re still using a paper filing system, this also needs to be overhauled. Sure, you might need to file some physical documents, but most of them can be stored on a computer nowadays.

You might want to store your data securely in the cloud to create even more extra space in your office.


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Don’t leave your workplace lagging behind in the last century.

Think about how these ideas could improve your office and the way it functions, and then put them into practice.

Author: Erik Emanuelli

Hi! I am Erik Emanuelli : entrepreneur, traveler and blogger. You can follow me on Twitter, add me on Facebook or circle me on Google.

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  1. These are great tactics to stay productive at work, even if you are in your own office space or in your home office. Creating an open office setting is what I like the most, because I really think that we have to modify the traditional office space setting, in order to promote more workplace collaboration.

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  2. I really enjoyed your post Erik.

    Keeping your technology up to date will definitely help maintain and hopefully increase productivity.

    I feel like I need to agree with you on the need for an open plan office because keeping a lot of space and avoiding ‘desk stuffing’ has reduced the stress I’ve felt in my office (in a previous life) so I’m glad you brought that up here.

    I think it’s also good to have some items which make you work better, for example if there’s a briefcase in the room, even if you can’t see it, apparently everybody in the room becomes more competitive!?

    I have lots of plants in my office and everything is white and green. It helps me relax and feel tidy!

    I think ergonomics of your office furniture is important too in the 21st century because we’re spending longer than ever at our desks these days (well, I know I am!)

    Thanks again Erik and please do discuss if you’ve got time!


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