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Offices Then and Now

From the Printware Blog on Tuesday 3rd March 2015 in New Products

Offices a few decades ago were defined by cubicle-like set-ups, with workday essentials strewn across wooden desks and paperwork piled high by a handset. When we think of old offices, we often envisage red-faced suited and booted employees, skimming through the mass of notes and important documents on their desk while on the phone to a customer.

Today though, depending on what industry you are in, the overall design of a traditional office layout has been transformed entirely.

Walking into an office now, you expect to see all sorts of technology around the building, not to mention a collection of friendly faces peeping over desk partitions, where high-rise cubicle walls once stood. 

These changes in office culture, along with various technological advancements, mean that we are blessed with everything from colour laser printers to top-of-the-range computers, which assist us in daily office life.

But in the spirit of nostalgia for the traditional office, let’s look at what sets modern offices apart from their traditional counterparts.

Retro Office Phone


Tech: Better, but not necessarily bigger

Something we often envisage when thinking of old-style offices is big, bulky machinery and tech that fills a whole wall and fulfils just one purpose.

This is no longer the case though, as we have adjusted our technology to suit a more compact way of office life. Printers, for example, have undeniably shrunk in size; though don’t let their smaller exterior fool you.

Modern printers are capable of performing many tasks, from scanning documents to producing high-quality, colour documents, and everything in between. It isn’t just printers that have moved on, though. There are other handy bits of tech here and there that can make office life more efficient and productive.

Yes, we think it is safe to say that the majority of industries have benefited from this major tech overhaul.

Retro Keyboard


Furniture: Out with the old, in with the sleek and modern

While some offices prefer to stick to their design roots, most businesses have taken the step to introduce a more modern approach to their building. This might mean polished woods like oak and walnut, or a complete change with materials like glass and metal.

Both of these design styles will help any office maintain a sense of professionalism, as well as uphold the aesthetic appeal of the overall layout.

Remember those cubicle walls we mentioned? Well, all that has changed too. Businesses tend to make use of low partitions now, to encourage a flow of communication while limiting distractions as much as possible.

Traditional Office Layout


Desk Items: All sorts of gifts and gadgets

Our final major change in the office is what is on employees’ desks. Not only are there more than a handful of gadgets occupying every available space, but the items also tend to be much more personal. Popular desk accessories include things like unique storage solutions to add a bit of colour, and even family photographs.

Whether workers have finally outnumbered management in this battle or managers have just become a little more lax in terms of what is and isn’t allowed in the office, we couldn't say.

However, one thing is for sure; this shift has proven to be beneficial for workers in need of a little inspiration, to keep motivation and performance levels high.

So, these are just three ways the office has changed over the past few decades. Here at Printware, we are all for a modern office. That is why we keep up with the trends and offer a full range of essentials and supplies, from tablets to Xerox printers; contact us for more details.

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