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What the Personalization of Work Means, or the BYOx Factor

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Looking back at the past often elicits a sense of amazement, as in, “were people really like that?”  The success of the television series “Mad Men” taps into the fascination with what the world was like 50 years ago and how different it was from the present.

The conformity and cultural rigidness of the era is jarring compared to the self-expression of today. Look at dress codes. From uniform business suits and cropped hairstyles that left no room for individuality, we’ve moved to attire that reflected our individuality, with incremental shifts to “leisure” suits toward total casual wear often seen today.

So too with our work environment. Back in the 1960s, employees’ self-expression didn’t extend much beyond a colored lunch box or a customized pocket pen guard as, robot-like, they took their place in an office with rows of typewriters or early-stage computers.

Since then, we’ve moved steadily to the personalization of work. Over the decades, culture shifted dramatically toward individuality, just as technology evolved at a furious pace.

We’ve brought our individuality to our office, aided by technology. Most recently, the adoption of mobility, smart phones and tablets to enable workers to collaborate easily from home or in their office, has freed up workers’ sense of individuality to inspire more productive work as the Bring Your Own Device trend (BYOD) changes the work place.

Along with bringing their own devices to work, employees took their attitudes as well and expressed them in a variety of interesting ways. Stay tuned as this series outlines some of those changes brought about by the personalization of work, or as we call it, the BYOx factor.