Everyone is probably familiar with it. At the beginning of your working day, you are full with plans, to do and action. At the end of the day you hardly completed your action list. Meetings, co-workers, managers disrupt your work continuously.Fire fighting. We all like to prevent it. Structural solutions are required to improve the organisational performance. But in order to accomplish that, people are increasingly involved in meetings to find solutions. But these interruptions prevent them from implementing the structural solutions. The meetings and all other kinds of interruptions, disrupt the structural solutions. Still meetings are required to harmonise the organisational processes and agree on procedures.
Increasingly more people work at home, which is made possible by the Internet. Especially service oriented functions can take place at home. Those people, in majority, indicate that they are much more able to complete their work. Organisations acknowledge the advantages of working at home. People are more focused, spend more time on their work, even though interruptions do take place at home. But those interruptions are more voluntary, more predictable[ children coming home for lunch] and are perceived as more then acceptable.
So why do we continue to build large offices, for often hundreds or even more employees. Most of those employees never meet or have a direct working relationship. Neither is there a direct reason or need that all those employees are located at the same building. I won’t suggest to create a lot of smaller offices, but working at home can be much more utilised. It is cost effective, employees are much more productive and it increases the motivation dramatically. From time to time organisations can organise special events, in order for employees to socialize. Employees value those events and are always successful gatherings where strong working relations are realised.