I took a group of Year 13 Digital Technology students to visit Gen-I and Microsoft as part of a work choice program. The focus was on ICT careers, how people arrived at their current roles and what to expect working in a diversity of roles within the IT industry. Both organisations did a great job with the focus on IT careers, not a sales pitch. The contrast between Gen-i a New Zealand company and Microsoft a global company was interesting. Their offices impressed me greatly, both were both “state of art” i.e.
- pervasive technology – video conferencing in every room
- staff had lockers and a laptop – there was no permanent desks
- a philosophy that you laptop is your office, you can dock it anywhere and take it home.
- little or no paper was evident. (Is the paperless office arriving?)
- expansive kitchen facilities – on every floor
- large numbers of meeting rooms of various sizes and facilities
- modern décor, colour schemes indicating quiet and public zones
- relaxation areas, in some cases indoor/outdoor flow
I suspect many Government customers will be casting an envious eye…