Did you ever go to Bring Your Kid To Work Day with your parents? Do you remember what their office looked like? How everyone dressed? How everyone acted? Where everyone worked?
I went to work with my mom once. I was bored out of my mind, and the whole experience made me promise myself that I’d NEVER work in a cubicle, or dress in a stuffy suit-dress. Flash forward to now, and I kept half of that promise. I dress as cute as humanly possible and I’ve brought my own style to my work place. SO score one for keeping part of the promise!
I work in a cubicle though and that is the part of the promise I didn’t keep.
I don’t hate working in a cubicle. I have awesome cube-mates, and I kind of like having my own little place to work. What I DID notice is that my cubicle has padded walls. The rooms they put crazy people into in the movies have padded walls. This is probably not a coincidence.
I’m working on getting out of that cube. That’s why I started Cute and Profesh. It’s why I started my other two companies that I will not name yet, as not to jinx them.
There are so many place of business now that are changing the cubicle environment and a lot of other things about the old professional world.
Take tattoos, for example. They are becoming more and more acceptable in the workplace. It’s hard not to allow them when you want to bring the newest generation of fresh minds into your company. According to Pew Research Center, 38% of Millennials (18-29 yrs old) have tattoos, and 32% of Gen X-ers (30-45 yrs old) have tattoos, compared to the 15% of Baby Boomers. That means if a company wants to welcome the next generations, accepting tattoos might be a good step.
Integrating exercise programs/health initiatives into the culture looks like another push in a new direction for companies. They might be realizing that having health conscious employees will cost less in health insurance in the long run, or that the talent they want demands it. Either way, I’m loving it.
Diversity in the workplace is both expected and promoted. This is my favorite change, TBH. Finding a voice that incorporates your identity is sought after and is making its way into the business world. We are starting to understand the value of people’s background, beliefs/non-beliefs, lifestyle, etc. When I went to work with my mom, this was always under wraps. As far as I could see, it was hard to find people who understood your struggles and accomplishments. This plight seems to be waning, as we begin to understand ourselves and each other.
The landscape of modern business is constantly changing. I feel it might be for the better? Do you? What are some other ways you feel the workplace is changing? Let me know in the comments!