Apple, Google, Deloitte, TCS, Infosys, American Express, and any other big company that you heard the name of, they all have a big office and a fancy building. I agree on the point that they have a growing staff to coordinate and manage, but still, much space goes un-utilised, and sometimes even the designated seats get vacant due to layoffs. There is no solution to that.
New graduates and freshers always have a dream to work in a big ass office. They measure and think a lot about those small details from the level of comfort they get on the chair to the size of their table. A colossal place pleases them, no matter how much input they give in their usual tasks. Also, honestly, it is not just freshers who feel that way, but experienced professionals are there, too. The only difference is that there is less number of skilled people as compared to newbies.
We all somehow aspire to have a prominent place to live in, to have a big office to work in, which I think is a product of misconceptuality.
We can also work in a minimal space, space that we can assure that it will be fully utilized and will remain uncluttered, how? Simple — make a list and then arrange them as per your needs or you can apply 5S. The real purpose of 5S is to be able to identify abnormalities immediately. Taking that into the office environment, the irregularities that most impact works are most often not physical (think monitor or mouse placement, pen location), but preferably electronic. There are a ton of ways to apply 5S concepts by looking at how we treat the tools of our work — computer programs and files. You can read more here about 5S.
Offices do help in creating an environment; they define companies. But what matters is how much productive you are, during your working hours? How much work do you render through your brain and hands, how much problems do you solve in the office? How much value do you add while you are working?
A big office is a fancy lie that we all want to be a part of, because it makes us feel good, and gives us that feeling of approval of ourselves and the others in regards to where we work. Honestly, at the end of the day, we will be known by what values do you carry and how much do we own.
This is a personal interaction which I really wanted to mention in this article:
The other day, I met another professional who was starting her new job at a startup company and her last job was in one of the biggest companies in India.
After literally asking about herself, I asked her that one single question which I was looking an answer for, “Why did you left xxxxxxx private limited company, it is so rich and huge, why did you leave that job?”
Her Answer: “After working there for three years, I was still feeling incomplete. Even after having the perfect job and the perfect boss, it was not good enough. Even I had a big office, which was newly constructed when I came in, I was always there behind my desk, staring at those big walls, which I didn’t had the time to touch, or feel or listen to. It was all materialistic and glamorous, but after working there for a certain duration, I soon realized that our performance is the only thing which matters. And I always wanted to start my own company someday, so I thought, even when I will start up, I will not get this big ass office, I will be starting with small, and then, I started to work on creating things on my own, and yes even the office, so working in this startup is a part of my journey.”