We’ve all heard about the fantastical offices of progressive tech companies such as Google, Facebook and Airbnb. There are slides, lounges, cafes and plenty of other services and amenities.
You might think these types of work places are reserved for a few companies overseas, but the trend towards providing amenity is gathering speed in Australia too.
Offices have come a long way from half a century ago, when workers sat at their desks with pad, pen and maybe a typewriter – and they’re only continuing to evolve.
Technology has a lot to do with the change, as do work practices, especially as our work is increasingly moving from “processing” to “thinking”, with much of the former being shifted overseas.
The change is also driven by what employees are demanding. We spend a lot of time at work so we want it to be a place we enjoy being in. And employers are increasingly realising that if it’s not, we’re inclined to move on.