There’s a good piece by Lucy Kellaway today on the importance of a collective workplace. She notes alienation form work among some friends and acquaintances who work predominantly from home. So it’s completely anecdotal but I can certainly buy into her analysis.
…people…come to the office to be collaborative and innovative, but the truth is bigger than that. We need to go to the office for five more reasons: to convince ourselves that what we do has some purpose, to make us feel human, to help us learn, to give us a feeling of work as distinct from home — and to facilitate the flow of gossip.
I can’t help but nodding. Perhaps the role of technology has been to give us more choice and flexibility? There are definitely individuals who don’t need the combination of human interaction, advice and support, team endeavour etc. that an office environment can offer – I think they actively dislike it. I’m not one of this group. Innovation, motivation and learning sound like important value adds.