Workin' 9 to 5, what a way to make a livin'
Barely gettin' by, it's all takin' and no givin'
They just use your mind and they never give you credit
It's enough to drive you crazy if you let it
The title of the song and the film are taken from an organization founded in 1973 whose aim was to bring about fair pay and equal treatment for women in the workplace. Disappointing then that figures from the Office for National Statistics show that the mean gender pay gap for women working full-time is still well above 13 per cent nationally in the UK. The words hint at what is sadly still wrong with the modern workplace : Exploitative, Regimented, Socially exclusive and the cause of mental health issues and concerns.
However, more transformative changes are afoot with new workplaces reflecting a greater democratisation within organisations, agile working practices and trans-national virtual and augmented environments sitting alongside the physical spaces that many (managers in particular) still feel a psychological need to inhabit.
The demand for greater equality, better, more adaptable space and a growing call for environmentally responsible and responsive building is creating a new type of work space. Our work with one local authority on the design of their new HQ has been highly instructive not least in the drive to achieve a Zero Carbon Ready building.