Designing Offices

The Modern Office

The BBC has recently put out an article on how the modern office was invented http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23372401. I suspect the evolution of business practices and modern technology had a part to play in how the modern office looks. I recently visited our accountant and on entering his office it instantly reminded me of the old transport office I use to work in back in the early 90′s.

There were files everywhere and everything was on paper. Back in the early 90′s mobile phones and email were in their infancy and no one trusted anything stored on computers.

Backups and Storage

Now some of the more modern-day offices show amazing efficiency in space and are almost sparse due to the lack of paper. But the debate continues, should we go paperless or should we keep a paper backup? See IT support services in London.

With modern technology, a good backup system should mean you don’t lose anything. However, most people believe they have a good backup until something goes wrong.

There are many document storage companies and tape storage companies for data backups but ensuring that they are catalogued correctly is part of the problem when making backups.

The Russian spy agencies have now also decided to go back to the old methods of a typewriter rather than computers as the sensitive nature of the documentation could be compromised, no system is safe to a clever, dedicated and focused hacker.

Could we mix and match?

But with all the downsides of paperless offices etc could we operate a paper/technology office?

Sending emails and then printing them out would seem a financial and environmental waste. Gone are the days of standing over a fax machine sending a 20-page document to 10 people and taking all day let alone the communication errors and having to resend various pages because the receiving fax was out of paper.

Personally, I like the paperless office (except for the odd doodle or note). I believe it promotes a tidier working environment and thus a cleaner way of thinking. But remembering the file name of a document I sent to a client some time back in June last year remains a challenge.

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