It did make me start to wonder what IT organizations can do to change this.
Some ideas that come to mind that are being talked about all the time are:
2) Work from home – Although some organizations are reluctant to support work from home, many times it is more productive than the typical workplace.
3) Automation – IT can automate much of the drudgery out of work, if we only look at the opportunities.
4) Gamification - Let's not forget that if there is one thing IT can do it is measure and report... and possibly even make work more entertaining and interesting.
What other ideas do you have that could improve the working environment for the 21st century?