The Changing Nature of WorkOffice Space Implications in the Digital Age
Cloud Computing and the mobile workforceThe advent of cloud computing and mobile devicesallows us to move away from personal desktoptechnology, paper and personal files that haveanchored the worker to his or her desk. The ability tobe mobile within the office allows us to work morecollaboratively and in less overall space thanpreviously.
… or your officeToday approximately 26 percent of the total global workforce of threebillion works away from their office at least two days a week. Studiesshow that work away from the office will grow beyond 40 percent in thenext five years.
Face-to-Face is Still ImportantThe intimacy and trust that are developed through face-to-face meetings are especially criticalto the transfer of tacit knowledge, or knowledge that is difficult to articulate.
Focus on CollaborationActivity Based Working: Activity-based workplaces revolve around creating aworkspace that is less hierarchical and fosters collaboration, personalaccountability and flexibility. The workplace is designed to accommodate thevarious activities that office workers undertake rather than have a rigidallocation of space based on a persons status in the hierarchy of theenterprise.
Office Space Allocations A recent study conducted by CoreNet Global has predicted that office users will reduce the amount of space they allocate per person to an average of 151 square feet by 2017, compared to 176 square feet today, and 225 square feet in 2010. Today, just 24 percent of the respondents to the CoreNet Global study reported that the average space per office worker is 100 square feet or less; however, 40 percent reported that within five years, the average space per office worker would be 100 square feet or less.
Open Plans and ABW Are Not for EveryoneBut increased efficiencies and cost reduction are still feasible with a re-design
4 Generations of Employeesin the workplace with varied preferred styles of work
Here come the MillennialsAs more and more millennial workers assumemanagement positions, you may notice changes in thenature of the workplace as there are distinctdifferences between the work styles, expectations, andcareer perspectives of younger and older workers.
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