What is your ideal working environment?

I’ve decided to try out a new type of post on this blog because I don’t just want to teach people things. I know a lot of people are here because they want to improve their English, or because they are interested in language-related posts, but I want to provide a place where we can have conversations on the blog too. If these interactive posts prove to be popular, I’ll plan more of them.

So, in this post, I’ve taken a topic and provided links to a TED talk (for listening skills) and a blog post (where you can read an informal article). After that, I’ve asked some questions. Let me know what you think in the comments. You don’t have to answer all the questions, but I’d be interested to hear some different opinions about this topic.

I watched a TED talk at the beginning of the week about why one company made the decision to have all of its employees working from home, or some other place of their choice. They don’t come to a physical office and work together.
The presenter talked about the advantages, such as people being to customise their own working environment, and the fact that the company can fish from an international talent pool, rather than having the usual restrictions of only those applicants who live close to the company’s offices.

If you’d like to watch the talk yourself, you can do so by watching “why working from home is good for business” on the TED site.

I then started thinking about my own home office, and the other offices in which I’ve worked. Some of them were ok. The smaller ones weren’t bad, but the massive open-plan one definitely wasn’t my favourite.
I used to have a long journey to work, and now that I work from home, I can use that time for other things.
As I thought about it, I could think of more and more things that made working from home better for my business at least, and I wrote a blog post about them on my private blog. If you want to, you can read my 10 advantages of working from home post.

What do you think?

I’d also like to hear your thoughts on this.

  1. If you could change one thing about your working environment, what would it be? How could you make things better for working, or more comfortable?
  2. Do you have the opportunity to work from home? If so, do you enjoy it? If not, would you like to work from home?
  3. I talked about some advantages in my post. Can you think of some disadvantages of working from home?
  4. Do you think it’s a problem that managers can’t see what their staff are doing if the staff are working from home?
  5. What other types of working arrangements have you experienced, and what did you think of them? (Large open plan offices/smaller offices/single offices/individual cubicles within a larger room).
  6. Do you think you would be lonely if you weren’t surrounded by colleagues, or would you rather have the peace and quiet?
  7. What type of people or jobs would never be suitable for home working?

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