The workplace has gone through many changes over the past few years. There have been advances in technology, distributed teams and locations, increasing freelance/contractor mixes, rising real estate prices and more millennials arriving in professional roles. This evolution is not going to stop, and it’s clear that the office of the future will be a very different place.
In the coming years we can expect businesses to consolidate their offices for more efficient use, greater staff density, satellite offices and an increase in agile working. There will also be a growing need for collaborative, coworking, shared office spaces.
Let’s look at some of these things in a bit more detail.
Distributed teams across multiple cities, countries and conditions is becoming the norm. The mix of contract and temp staff versus full-time employees is growing. Ultimately, the way performance is measured under these new trends is undergoing a transformation. All of this impacts how workspace may be designed and used in the future.
In many cases, daily use of a traditional office is not required. Employees may need to simply drop in for key meetings, [and] have access to remote locations and a network of business environments around the world when and where they require. Technology and work culture are changing quickly to support these new flexible demands, and we will explore these new concepts in the upcoming articles.
Workspace density is likely to increase to 1.75 people per desk in sectors such as accounting and management consulting. This is a side effect of consolidation and agility (more on that in a minute). It’s also related to the increase in headcount as firms face an upswing in work volumes.
As urban transport networks continue to expand, a central location will no longer be essential. Infrastructure projects are underway all over the USA, with a particular emphasis on high-speed rail systems. These will give talent and clients based farther out easier access to emerging business hotspots. As real estate is often less expensive in such areas, firms can invest in small satellite offices where people drop in as needed.
Increased workplace density and better technology will mean that employees are no longer expected to be tied to one desk and, as a result, agile working will become more commonplace. Business professionals will be given the option to work remotely (either from home or based within a client’s office). Hot desking will also become a regular occurrence. Staff members will be able to base themselves from the head office or a satellite office, depending on the demands of their day.
The rise in agile working will increase the need for collaborative workspaces. As more professionals work remotely, the need for face-to-face meetings will be greater. The majority of management consulting firms will need a 70 percent increase in breakout areas and meeting spaces to meet these demands.
To sum this all up, I’d say the key themes of the workspace of the future are efficiency, flexibility and creativity. At Office Evolution Columbus we understand the unique challenges of being an entrepreneur, and we have designed our services with the modern day, flexible, entrepreneur in mind. Our Private Offices have flexible packages and options to suit your specific needs. Our Virtual Office ranges from a private mailbox, to meeting space, to phone answering service providing the support you need in your entrepreneurial journey.
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