The modern workplace isn’t what it used to be a few decades ago. | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, January 03, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, January 03, 2020

The workplace: then and now

The modern workplace isn’t what it used to be a few decades ago.

Then: A decade or two ago, offices looked like mazes with cubicles and c-suites, all in identical shapes and colours. Employees were often encouraged to work separately and independently to increase focus.

Now: Today, employees barely get to sit at their desks for stretched periods. Feeling comfortable takes priority in the workplace now – if you can get your work done lying on the sofa, bosses welcome it. Standing desks, sofas and easy chairs are the norms.

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Then: Old-school policies dictated employees to stick to strict dress codes such as basic suits and ties for men and formal outfits for women. 

Now: Today offices openly accept whatever clothes employees wear as long as they maintain acceptable workplace etiquette and are careful to not cause offense to any party.

Then: It was all manual labour – you had to actually go to a person’s cubicle and ask for their help. Shocking, right? Workplaces were not tech-integrated. People had landlines for contact and documents were exchanged only on paper.

Now: From scheduling meetings to conducting them, most things are done over the internet and without any contact. The internet, smartphones and cloud drives make it possible to work from anywhere.

Then: Companies imposed rigid work hours for employees and anyone even slightly altering said timings would be frowned upon.

Now: Companies offer flexible work hours and even “Home Leaves” where one can take a leave and work as much as they can from home. This also enables companies to reduce costs and increase productivity.

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