When you think about traditional workplaces, it is almost entirely different from the modern-day workplaces that we see and work in. While some of us have witnessed the transformation first-hand, the rest of us have started our careers in the modern workspaces straightaway.
Technology takes over
The first and largest influencer responsible for this marked change is technology. As technology made its first debut with computer systems, work became faster, automated and more efficient. The advent of the internet made communication much easier through electronic mails rather than fax or telephone. Laptops and mobiles further added to the ease and comfort of communication, making it more instant and accessible from anywhere.
Technological advancements also brought about a change in the way workplaces functioned, majorly in the way storage was handled, leading to paperless offices. Floppy disks and then hard drives were used to store and transfer important information, which soon became a thing of the past too. Today, everyone has an efficient network infrastructure in place that allows people to store, access and exchange all official data safely on the internet.
Flexible is workable
The addition of technological comforts through laptop and smartphones introduced the possibility of flexible working. Working from home was a concept that the pre-technology era employers did not foresee, naturally. Today, many job roles are conducive to flexible working options such as freelancing and working from home. While some professionals only work from home, there are companies that offer its employees the option to work from home once a week. Although everyone loves to make use of this option, it is much appreciated by working parents and new parents.
Wellness at work
Employee wellness was a non-existent term in the older system of workplaces. Now it is a huge part of every organisation. This is largely due to excessive pressure and poor work-life balance in the job. Many employers are now more aware and involved in handling the mental and physical health of their employees. There is a growing understanding that opposed to the idea of burning the midnight oil being equated to productivity, a healthier work-life balance means happier employees, which in turn means better performance at work.
Celebrating with work family
The idea of building healthy professional friendships has a big role in the functioning of modern organisations. The previous working generations, such as our parents, would hardly have celebrated festivals with their colleagues and bosses, let alone their birthdays. But now, HR departments are highly attentive in this area of professional bonding. It is not uncommon to see employees looking forward to dressing up for festival celebrations or going out for team lunches, even trips.
Less rigid, more friendly
If you belong to the fairly younger working generation, you would have definitely noticed a stark difference in how you dress to work and how your parents used to. The more casual style of dressing to work is more prevalent in startups, advertising agencies, fashion houses and the likes. Even the most common age-group found in these industries is somewhere between early twenties to mid-thirties. This has infused more technology-enabled features in office communication like connecting with employees through official messaging groups and social media platforms. Apart from the working individuals, the office décors of today are also reflective of a more open and informal communication.
Well, it is safe to conclude that employees of the traditional workplace era would have never imagined an office meeting with bean bags for chairs. Finding the kind of work culture that not only complements your skills but your personality too is a significant part of a successful professional trajectory. On that note of finding the right opportunities, here’s to healthier, happier and ever-evolving workplaces.