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On the Evolution of Work Systems in the Digital Economy

Work isn’t working: Microsoft ‘envisioner’ Dave Coplin on why the office must change

Ross McGuinness provides an apt description of how little we have deviated from the centralized workplace and the uniform work shift since Victorian times. Our ongoing resistance to utilizing technology to its fullest potential translates into missed opportunities for boosting productivity and creativity as compelling employees to experience the “daily grind” fosters disengagement. Furthermore, the open office plan appears to pose more problems with regard to productivity and creativity. Little wonder that people who work in an open office environment take more sick days compared to people who have their own private workspaces for instance! Read on for more specific information about today’s deficient work arrangements.


We’ve all done it. We’ve all regretted it. It’s just too easy. Why on Earth would we poke our head round the computer screen in front of us to talk to the person on the other side when a simple email to them will suffice? Having an actual conversation with someone two yards away is so overrated.

This scenario is one we all recognise and joke about, but there is something serious – and even dangerous – about it.

Technology has undoubtedly had a massive impact on the way we carry out our jobs, but if we don’t use it properly we may as well be stuck in the dark ages. Email habits are just one example of how, at many companies today, work simply isn’t working.

This is the view of Dave Coplin, chief envisioning officer at Microsoft UK, whose book, Business Reimagined, was published this week.


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5 responses to “Work isn’t working: Microsoft ‘envisioner’ Dave Coplin on why the office must change

  1. Five Quick Minutes July 11, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Nice one, Lynn! Computers…a “love, hate, slothful” conundrum! Take care and thanks for the visit.


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