Creative, high-end employers are changing up the idea of what a "workplace" means. But, let me guess — you don't work for one of those, and your office still sucks.
You know this office is cool because this guy's hair is messy. (via Thinkstock)
The Guardian ran an article yesterday titled "The Workplace Is Dead, Long Live the Work Space." It's one of those "wow, look at our whizz-bang future!" pieces where dudes, who I am almost certain are wearing thick-rimmed glasses in unattractive colors (eggshell, coral), talk about how they're changing the definition of the workplace at their cutting-edge businesses, and shouldn't we all be excited? Soon, we're all going to have flex time and big murals and breathable coffee and Swaddlez, which are adult-sized swaddling blankets we get wrapped up in with our laptops so we can work from the comfort and safety of a wi-fi-equipped burrito blanket LIKE GOD INTENDED.
Well, that is, if we work at like, 1% of the companies that exist. But most of us don't work at Apple, or Google, or a cool design studio. Many of us are lucky if our cube or — worse — our open-floor-plan desk — is close to a window, and that window doesn't look out to a dumpster. Here's one of the things The Guardian says about the change:
The traditional workplace is undergoing rapid change as the line between physical and digital blurs. Advances in mobile and cloud technology mean professionals can feasibly work from anywhere, at anytime.
You know what the workplace moving towards digital really means for most of us? It's not getting to work wherever we want or having flexible hours. It means that if you're under the age of 30, your boss is going to ask you to make a blog for the company. And it doesn't matter if your company makes component parts for toilets — not toilets, just parts for toilets that other companies put together. You're still going to have to churn out 25 posts a week about toilet-part technology.