The whole concept of a modern workplace is misconstrued.
Basically, I thrive in an environment that has plenty of camaraderie, teamwork and most of all great communication. Therefore, a perfect workplace for me would be where these factors are present in plenty.
But no! Why?
At one point in time, I used to work well under pressure and used to prefer a fast-paced environment. But now as those bones “creak,” I would opt for a much calmer setting in order to do some of my best work. Now I used to give high priority for dress code and formal environments, but after working in a place that has no “hang-ups” for the business attire – you slowly get pulled into the casual environment. This is because casual environments are more flexible about attire, work hours, and other factors. So personally, I feel that working in an environment where the atmosphere is quite relaxed, friendly, and flexible and with a casual dress code to match, brings out the best in you.
Now wait a minute – by casual environment, I don’t mean a Google style one, where you come in wearing jeans and t-shirts, has office-chair basketball and a great canteen that serves sushi, pizza and the works. Not to mention the 24×7-internet access with great music through awesome speaker systems and additional open-air refreshment that serves great food. All set in an office with sunlight streaming in from the windows and that has a state-of-the-art temperature control and designer paintings on the walls!
There is no harm in dreaming huh?
Therefore, would I be right in saying that my ideal modern workplace is one, which I not only grow intellectually but also professionally. It would be a place where ideas are accepted and there is room for innovative thinking. In other words, I would like to have a job where I can “wear many hats” so that my abilities are maximized. And. of course, a place where my expertise and work is appreciated vis-à-vis financial gains and economic stability.
Although deadlines are fun, it can stress us all out, so it is important to have fun and this can only be achieved in a place that has great camaraderie.
I would also like the option of working from home once a while.
Therefore, the bottom-line is that I would like an office with a relaxed atmosphere and a few of the above qualities. In other words, an organization that has some of these qualities and appreciates balance and flexibility.
But then there is something even better!
How about working from home in your jammies all day. Try starting to work from home on a part time basis and see where it gets you. Start it as a hobby and if you manage to generate some income, you always of the option of either viewing it as a part-time career.