Wednesday, January 28, 2009

the office as a tool 1.4

The next section of Michael Brill's short booklet The Office as a Tool is a little bit harder to simply summarize. If you recall the last installment established why and how the office could be considered as a tool for doing your work. Next Brill examines that at a range of scales. Its not just about your office, or your desk, but all the scales of your office. Your office building has a job to do, all the parts of the building have a job to do, and we evaluate these elements by how well they do their job.

He goes on to postulate that each of these elements, at different scales, each act independently to facilitate or impede your work. Things are interconnected yes, but act independently. This is meant as an empowering idea. You don't have to get the entire office right to enjoy the benefits of trying to improve your workspace. If the way your task chair serves you improves, then so will your productivity. If your office layout is reorganized to facilitate a work team, then their teamwork will improve. You will get those benefits even if other aspects of the workplace are not optimal.

The conclusion here is that there is no reason to wait in order to seek to improve your workplace. You do not need a clean sheet, you don't need to start over from scratch. You will in fact accrue benefits from improving facets of your workplace even while others remain sub-optimal or unresolved.

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