The corporate world at large is beginning to accept the idea that employees don’t have to be at their desks to actually be productive. Today, many employees are much less tied to their office space. For instance, computer repair representatives are in their offices very little. But when they are using their spaces, it’s critical that they be functional. If a repair rep has to crawl under the desk to plug in their laptop to get on the network, they’re going to feel hassled. Integration with the current needs set by technology and those whose daily use of such tools demand instant and ease of access.
This signals a shift in technologies: Laptops and cordless phones have disconnected the worker from having to be in one place all the time. Designing for the organization also must be rethought. If something is not within 10 to 15 feet of the employee looking for it, it’s not useful.