Home assistants like Amazon Echo, Apple’s Siri and Google Assist have become so commonplace now, it may soon be hard to imagine life without them. In the 1980s, though, nobody had even heard of such a thing.
Back then, we were using MS DOS on our personal computers and floppy disks. So what would have happened if Siri, Apple’s Speech Interpretation and Recognition Interface, had been created then, just about the time its first line of Macs was rolling out?
A hilarious parody on the YouTube channel Squirrel Monkey tries to imagine just that, with a retro mock instructional video (above). “We all talk to our computer, especially when things go wrong. But with Siri, your computer talks back,” says the narrator, before divulging more information.
Siri in the 1980s would have been a floppy disk-loaded programme that would have to be run on MS DOS – and only if your hardware met the requirement of a whopping 512-kilobytes of RAM.
This video is part of Squirrel Monkey’s Wonders of the World Wide Web in which the YouTuber imagines other modern software like Snapchat, Twitter and Angry Birds being run on 1980s technology.
The cost of setting up an employee-friendly office in Mumbai
And a new age, cost-effective solution to common grievances.
A lot has been theorised about employee engagement and what motivates employees the most. Perks, bonuses and increased vacation time are the most common employee benefits extended to valuable employees. But experts say employees’ wellbeing is also intimately tied with the environment they spend the bulk of the day in. Indeed, the office environment has been found to affect employee productivity and ultimately retention.
According to Gensler’s Workplace Index, workplace design should allow employees to focus, collaborate, learn and socialise for maximum productivity, engagement and overall wellbeing. Most offices lag on the above counts, with complaints of rows of cluttered desks, cramped work tables and chilled cubicles still being way too common.
But well-meaning employers wanting to create a truly employee-centric office environment meet resistance at several stages. Renting an office space, for example, is an obstacle in itself, especially with exorbitant rental rates prevalent in most business districts. The office space then needs to be populated with, ideally, ergonomic furniture and fixtures. Even addressing common employee grievances is harder than one would imagine. It warrants a steady supply of office and pantry supplies, plus optimal Internet connection and functioning projection and sound systems. A well-thought-out workspace suddenly begins to sound quite cost prohibitive. So, how can an employer balance employee wellbeing with the monthly office budget?
Co-working spaces have emerged as a viable alternative to traditional workspaces. In addition to solving a lot of the common problems associated with them, the co-working format also takes care of the social and networking needs of businesses and their employees.
WeWork is a global network of workspaces, with 10 office spaces in India and many more opening this year. The co-working giant has taken great care to design all its premises ergonomically for maximum comfort. Its architects, engineers and artists have custom-designed every office space while prioritising natural light, comfort, productivity, and inspiration. Its members have access to super-fast Internet, multifunction printers, on-site community teams and free refreshments throughout the day. In addition, every WeWork office space has a dedicated community manager who is responsible for fostering a sense of community. WeWork’s customised offerings for enterprises also work out to be a more cost-effective solution than conventional lease setting, with the added perks of WeWork’s brand of service.
The video below presents the cost breakdown of maintaining an office space for 10 employees in Vikhroli, Mumbai and compares it with a WeWork membership.
To know more about WeWork and its office spaces in India, click here.
This article was produced by Scroll marketing team on behalf of WeWork and not by the Scroll editorial team.