Today I’m working from a special slice of paradise – Mission Beach. It’s just south of Cairns, a hop, step and a jump to the Great Barrier Reef in Far North Queensland. I’m here for my friends’ wedding. Me and 107 other guests who’ve come to share their special day.
This was the view from my room at sunrise this morning. That’s Dunk Island to the right.
Views are prime real estate everywhere, and office-land is no exception. When I first started working, in the days before open plan, your office signified your status. In Melbourne, the biggest bosses had views of the Bay.
They also had the biggest offices. In fact, you just had to count the ceiling tiles to know the level of the person whose office you were in. I kid you not! And people were very sensitive about having the right number of tiles.
Proximity mattered too. The closer you were sitting to the biggest bosses, the more important you were.
With more flexible work options, and thanks to technology, the status of who you’re with isn’t so clear. But you do have a greater choice of views. I’m not a fan of open plan, but I am a fan of choosing your view.
Natural light is my thing. As long as I’m near a window I’m happy. I can even work in paradise.
How about you? Where’s your favourite place to work? Scroll down to let me know.