Jul 03, 2015 in Viewpoint
Finding a balance Joost Porrio
In this category, we will focus on employees and the contradictions they encountered over the course of their careers in regards to their workplace. We will look at the developments in activity-based working through their eyes.
Joost Porrio studied Accounting and Control at Nyenrode Business University. Since October 2010 he has been employed at Deloitte as auditor of Core Audit Manufacturing and ever since last fall, he has worked out of the spectacular office building: The Edge.
The Edge vs. Orlyplein
Prior to moving to The Edge, he worked on Orlyplein. What are the differences between these two locations?
The building on Orlyplein is a lot older, of course. Working in The Edge is a totally different experience. At the building on Orlyplein, we also had flex spaces but actually, everyone had their own spot. For a year now, I am a part of a team of six, and we have to meet to consult quite often. That is why the team has its own wing at the building on Orlyplein. Now we are all spread out throughout the building, which is obviously a big difference.
How do you find each other there?
Everyone is online. When I am looking for someone, I will just ask them if they are in the building or not. If it concerns a higher executive, I will call the secretary. This sometimes involves a bit of a search. I would find it really handy if we could have access to each other’s agenda in Mapiq, for example, so that you could have insight into what the others are busy with and I can know what a good time to contact them would be.
Does The Edge live up to its expectations?
Because I am so focused on my work, I sometimes forget what kind of building I am working in. I didn’t expect it to matter so much what kind of building I worked in, but now I see that it does, indeed, have a considerable influence. Everything is new; it’s really all state of the art. The building is inspiring. I recently had a Swiss clients visit, and you really notice that it makes a big impression, they were truly flabbergasted: they thought they had just entered Google’s new headquarters.
In understand that you not only work in The Edge, but also occasionally in the Maastoren in Rotterdam. What is that like, to work at two different buildings during your work week?
Yes, it’s true; I am about to head over to Rotterdam after this interview. Working at both buildings is going just fine, but I must admit, The Edge feels more like home. The Maastoren has a different design; there are no flex spaces, for example. It’s actually the same comparison as with Orlyplein. In The Edge, you have the very best facilities at your disposal.
Joost Porrio - Auditor of Core Audit Manufacturing at Deloitte
"I didn’t expect it to matter so much what kind of building I worked in."
Open space vs. focus area
Did you also do flex work at your previous job?
At my first job, we had fixed workstations but it was an open office. So, we had no rooms, but we did have fixed workstations. Both offer advantages. You really see a lot more people throughout the course of the week because of the way we work at The Edge. But, when you’re focused on one particular project, you do prefer to work out of one room. A room where you can really get away from it all. I am also of the opinion that flex work is less suitable for certain kinds of positions or certain periods within a position.
I consider this to be a great advantage. It is so different from when you work behind your desk all day and only see other people when you go get some coffee. The building is also so designed to stimulate social interaction and you really notice this. When you see each other much more often, you get to know people easier. This keeps you better up-to-date on what your colleagues are working on.
The other side of the coin is that colleagues are constantly coming up to talk to you, also at moments when you actually need to concentrate on your work. In addition, you can also enjoy seeing other people meet in the open spaces. There is no acoustic damping in the building in terms of sound; when someone makes a call, you feel like they’re there in the room with you. Everyone here is extremely busy, so the demand for focus areas comes from the need to be able to concentrate on your work. Here, you are aware of every noise.
Work and private life
Are able to keep your work and private life separate?
No, I’m really not very good at that, I’m afraid. I often work from home and I am always available. It’s always been like that throughout my career and it has only increased with every higher position I’ve held. If an assignment has to be finished I will just work from home in order to complete it. In this situation, everyone works overtime in order to complete it on time. I have, for example, also worked late on King’s Day. This is just part of having a job with many responsibilities. When it concerns something that is so important, I think it’s only normal that you work overtime and are always available. In these times, it’s a lot easier because you can access work files from anywhere. But, working from home is still not the same as working at the office. And certainly not when you have grown accustomed to working at a building like The Edge. It goes without saying that at the office building, you have access the best technology. It would be really nice to have this at home, too. I think that, in the future, it will become quite normal for people to work from home and that you will also have access to the best tools there, too. This way, ‘home’ becomes an extension of your office and you will be able to work just as effectively there.
Technology vs. technology 2.0
How do you think technology should support work in the future?
What are the possibilities? Most important is that technology simplifies something. I really notice that in working at The Edge. I can immediately see, for example, who has logged into certain rooms. This makes it much easier and more overseeable. It really supports you where you need it. I think that in the future this will be optimised even further. One day, you may not, for instance, need to log in on Mapiq anymore. You will only need to sit down somewhere in order to be automatically recognised.
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