Why don't other industries have workspaces like the software industry?
Great questions pop up on Quora all the time, and great conversations follow.
I found this one rather interesting. Technology companies for a decade or more have set the standard for innovation in workplace design and in workplace practices. In casual, social, open environments, they are credited for nurturing high performance teams and high levels of creativity. Yet, they seem to have had little influence on, and little following, among other industries who otherwise have similar goals.
We all know and have read extensively about Google offices and the amenities they offer their employees. In the IT industries, more and more companies adopt this culture - free food, free laundry, game rooms, working in open places, relaxed work atmosphere etc. As someone who has worked for 7 years, and worked across different industries - Foundations, NGOs, Advertising, Travel, Television - I can say for sure that these things definitely create a high efficiency, high accountability working model... why aren't other industries adopting this route? Why are we stuck on traditional business practices?
Here's the link to the discussion: http://www.quora.com/Why-do-only-IT-Software-companies-like-Facebook-Google-Valve-Dropbox-etc-see-the-importance-in-creating-fun-and-the-most-comfortable-working-places