Every company hopes that it offers a dynamic and inspirational workplace which employees would love. Most employees -- at least on Mondays! -- turn up to work, because not turning up is not an option. But what if it were?

Many organisations have experimented with the concept of flexi-time and remote working. However, apart from a handful of exceptions, most have failed to eliminate the 'office' completely. Somehow, the concepts of 'work' and 'workplace' seem inextricably entwined. An office, for most of us, is more than a place to work -- it is a work enabler. Or is it?

This week's question: How important is an office -- a place where teams can be physically together -- for effective work output? If the technology allows it, can an 'office' be rendered irrelevant?

Send in your views, in not more than 200 words, to thenewmanager@thehindu.co.in

The best replies would be published. Please mention your name and city.

(This article was published on June 8, 2012)
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