Computers have entirely altered the way an office works. Gone is the clatter of the office typing pools with rows of audio typists frantically bashing out letters. Most managers no longer require a dedicated secretary to get them through the week. Even the morning ritual of going through the post has gone. Indeed, even the phones don’t ring off the hook all day. Why? The office computer has changed all that. In fact, almost every office function is dependent on the office computer. It even has a desktop, files, documents, and a litter bin.
The Office Computer Has Rewired You
As an experiment, try turning off your computer for a couple of hours and see what happens. Nothing. You become a non-person. You’ll experience near-zero productivity, and your Coles online shopping list will remain unfilled. You can’t even take a surreptitious mini-skive because there’s nothing to pretend to do! The modern office is a relatively new phenomenon. It happened quickly and, for some, was like being hit around the back of the head with an Olivetti TES 501. Bam! – this is it now, buddy; buckle up! Alas, the promise of huge increases in productivity and efficiency was just too alluring to the bean counters. The final blow to the ‘organic office’ was the invention of the internet by that pesky Tim Berners-Lee in 1989 (or 11111000101).
The Office Today
Now the dust has settled, today’s modern office is a more fluid and flexible environment. Moreover, working from home for part of the week has become accepted as beneficial to all. ‘Hot Desking’ and ‘Bring Your Own Device’ are increasingly popular. Furthermore, Wi-Fi and Cloud Computing have revolutionised the ease with which we store, share, and modify documents. So, the former chaos of change associated with the transition to the office computer has diminished. The IT wizards have recognised we don’t want to be slaves to the tech but the masters. In other words, we need to retain our humanity, creativity, and originality whilst the computers do the necessary but tedious stuff.