Do you believe the office set up, the architecture does help to bring up a whole new dimension to the way people work and to bring out the best in them? Or are you of the view that it is immaterial and irrespective of where you work from you'll do your job?
Well there has been quite a lot written about this subject and the expert seems to be of the view that there is something extra which the architecture brings to the table in terms of creativity / productivity of people at work.
Topping the list are undoubtably the software companies. The "campus" environments at places like google, microsoft in the states and Wipro and Infosys in India are indeed case study material! (yeah...... you wish you could work at Google where they have signature dishes available in more than 8 different free restaurants!)
Even in Sri Lanka Millennium IT could fall in to the same category. The whole custom built environment is suppose to be built to improve and assis creativity of the software developers. (By the way they too have some real cool stuff such as Gyms, Pools, Cricket Grounds, Roof top terrace, TV rooms, rest rooms and yes also a creche!)
All that is fine for IT guys. What about typical corporate people like us! Who comes to work daily to a "typical" office environment which has some form of universal similarity. When designing offices the architects are "suppose" to put lot of thoughts about various stuff including "human movement, ergonomics etc.
Has this actually helped you? Or does it actually matter?
I would think it will matter! But then again I would not know. Why because I have very much been part and parcel of the typical set up throughout.
In a typical corporate environment is this possible
I agree. The archtecture of the work place does have an impact on the energy levels at work and also the motivation. It is said that the work place should have better environment than home so that people feel like spending more time in office. However, physical environment in the form of gyms, TV rooms, eating places etc. do not make the whole environment. Partly it is due to the working relationship between the people who work from that facility. It has to be a happy environment.
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