It needs knowledge and skill to create offices where people can work well. Whether you are a manager or designer you want to see the whole picture; but too often the foreign language of business or building gets in the way. Tomorrow's Office is for all those involved in the producing of such workplaces: senior executives, management and design consultants, facilities managers - and the creative workers themselves. Tomorrow's Office is written in a language which all can understand - and enjoy. Workplace examples throughout the book illustrate the reality of excellent offices world-wide. Tomorrow's Office shows simply and clearly what needs thinking about to produce a better office interior; explains what is changing in business, and what this means to people and the place where they work; highlights the elements which make for an effective workplace; covers the technical aspects in easily understood terms; and details the process for getting quality on time and budget.
The Information Technology revolution is just as engulfing as the Industrial and Agricultural ones were in the past. Technology alters the way we work, where we work and what tools we need to work with. Work now happens any time, any place, and the revolution is both frightening and immensely exciting. To survive and succeed, businesses have to change the way they operate. A sociological revolution is also taking place. No longer can workers expect a job for life, so to counter this lack of security they ask to develop skills in a learning environment. In order to attract and keep high flyers (the 'gold collar workers') the office interior must underwrite this environment, and facilitate new work methods. Many organizations struggle to understand the implications of these changes, and to decide what their physical manifestation should be. Executives, whilst experts at producing a product, face project management of which they have no experience. Designers, experts in the physical environment.