Rethinking your Office Space
The Changing Shape of the Workplace
There's no doubt about it, we are seeing some fundamental shifts in the way in which companies are operating. A new breed of office occupiers is emerging; driven by an increase in mobile technology and cloud-based information sharing which is re-shaping working practices and the way in which the workplace is now used.
The increasing reliance on business technology is having a knock on effect on the way in which companies are utilising their office space and many are now rethinking their office space requirements and working practices in an attempt to reduce overheads and collaborate in the 21st Century.
Businesses want Flexibility
Flexibility has become the keyword for companies taking on an office lease. Can the company take on more space from the Landlord if the business grows over the term of the lease? What about if circumstances change, can the company sub-lease the space in whole or part? Building in flexibility into your office lease is crucial in these changing times.
Hot desking is becoming far more popular today, with an increasingly "mobile" workforce. If it's rare for all your employees to be in the office at the same time, why bother having a workstation for everyone? Sales staff who are out on the road a lot may be better desk-sharing. This saves on the amount of overall office space companies need. Some companies are adopting an "un-allocated desk policy" allowing workers to choose where they sit each day according to how they feel or the task they are working on.
The trend in corporate offices today is to have fewer and smaller individual workspaces and a greater portion of the space dedicated to interactive uses like break out areas of brainstorming meeting rooms. Interaction has become the buzz word for companies who want to get the most from their workforce, and this means open plan offices instead of enclosed and the space optimised for collaboration. Consult with an Office Fit-Out Company to find out the best configuration for your business according to the space you occupy versus your requirements.
More companies are endorsing home / remote working, and superfast broadband and VOiP is making this trend more popular and accessible. A home office eliminates the need to have a stressful commute to work which makes employees more productive with minimum interruptions at home.
Companies should consider all these when looking for office space and ensure they choose the right sized office according to their requirements.
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