Recently, the way of working in the office is being reviewed due to the influence of the new coronavirus, and our office has been renewed, and some departments including the editorial department have changed from fixed seats to free addresses.
At our company, teleworking at home is recommended even after the state of emergency is lifted. The number of staff working in the office is increasing little by little, but for the author, it is only about 1 to 2 days a week.
The office renewal was planned from 2019 and was proceeding completely unrelated to the new Corona. And from that time, plans for free addressing in some departments were included. I remember the explanation that the purpose is to promote communication and to prepare for future increases in the number of people because it is difficult to increase the space for fixed seats any more.
In fact, the merits of free addresses are often said to be activation of communication and space saving. By reducing the total number of desks in the office space, there are merits such as converting the floating space into a common space such as a cafe space, reducing the space itself, and reducing costs.
It was decided to divide into fixed seats and free addresses depending on the type of job, but since the editorial department often goes out for interviews and meetings, it became a target of free addresses. Even in the editorial department, there were various reactions to free addresses depending on the staff, and there were pros and cons. As for the author, he was one of the opponents.
There are many reasons, and there is a premise that I have only worked in fixed seats, but what I felt at that time was that it would be more difficult to work than before.
I feel that it is easy to work while a certain amount of personal space is secured, it is easy to put small documents and luggage, etc., and whether it can be handled when there are many people sitting at the free address. However, the major factors that caught me were the presence or absence of external monitors, the number of monitors to be prepared, and the time and effort required to set up and put in and take out peripheral devices used for work.
Although the work itself can be done with one notebook PC, it is different from the environment where it is easy to work. In the case of the author at that time, the power supply of the notebook PC, the hub that connects the wired LAN and the external monitor, the keyboard and mouse, the mouse pad, the cooling fan, etc. If it is a fixed seat, you can just leave it as it is and connect it, but if it is a free address, you need to put it in and out every time you go out. The fact that this is a bottleneck was just mentioned as an opinion in the discussion.
I had forgotten to shoot with various things on it, but for the time being, I said goodbye to the fixed seats in time for the deadline.
There were many other things I thought about, but I felt resistance, but I went to work for a full three months, probably because I had a certain environment at home after the emergency declaration due to the influence of the new coronavirus. Instead, when I lived a life of sporadic attendance after that, my feelings changed, and I began to wonder if I would oppose that much.
While doing so, the renewal was carried out. When I first saw it, it was basically a renovation of the desk and floor, but I thought it was a much brighter atmosphere.
Because of the trouble of setting peripheral devices, the prepared monitor was a model that could be powered by USB-C connection and could be connected to a wired LAN. In particular, being able to supply power saves me the trouble of disconnecting the power cable at home and taking it home from the office, which I feel is a great advantage.
With a single USB-C cable, you can output to an external monitor, supply power, and connect to a wired LAN, which is very convenient.
Currently, there are few people going to work, and most of the interviews are done online, so it is less troublesome to clean up. If I mention it, do I have to adjust the height of the chair I sit on and the armrests every time, and do I have to adjust the extended settings of the monitor every time?
Also, because the number of staff members who are in the office is small, there is no shortage of monitors, and work can be done in a large space. On the other hand, the activation of communication cannot be measured because there are not enough people in the first place, but there are still situations where conversations occur naturally, so it seems that we are heading in the right direction.
In addition, there was a centralized booth with partitions and space for seats facing each other like a family restaurant.
Although there are still some places where the effect cannot be measured until normal times, the story I felt was that I used to think that it would be more calm on a desk with a lot of things piled up. Working on a desk that is tidy and has few things is rather uncomfortable for now. However, when I thought that I would get used to this, I thought that the environment might change the way of working and consciousness.