The future of the office space will be less office space literally. The workforce is migrating to smaller devices, reduced office areas and working remotely is typically part of the job.  The generation who are changing the way we do business is partly due to the millennials.  In about 20 years, they will make up over 40 percent of the working population.  This group is very comfortable and aware with the reality of the shift in workforce and is willing to work hard in exchange for additional personal wants and requests for more convenience in their life.  The traditional work week of 9-5 Monday to Friday is dead.  We are already seeing work environments bridging the gap between work and personal life resulting in more flex spaces with a variety of areas designated for relaxation, common rooms, game rooms, fitness etc.  The future of the smart workplace will look more comfortable and less formal.  As a result, we will start to see less office but not necessarily less office space.  We will also see lots of technology in work spaces.

We all know that working hard means working with the right mindset.  The overall workforce has caught on to this and they are willing to take their career to the next level no matter what it takes.  Great inspiration for all of us but this also means office environments need to offer more for their employees.  We are already seeing the value of office interior design and how smart changes are being made to accommodate convenience and ease of conducting business anywhere we go.  This will continue to further develop as we see more people working with this business mindset.

Laptop on deskHere are some ideas that are becoming popular in smart office spaces:

Hot desking

Get used to having no assigned seating.  This means multiple people can use a single work station at different times of the day.  Remember how you used to check out books at the library?  The same principle will apply, instead of reserving a book you will reserve desk space on-line – brilliant!

Overlap zones

As real estate in the office grows more and more at a premium, we will see interactive zones replacing  individual desks.  The purpose of these overlap zones is that it is supposed to encourage impromptu collaborative zones.  Zappos offices call this engagement “Collisionable hours”.  Read more about it here These become opportunities where people come together to provide the highest level of input and gathering of information.

Technology

A smart office wouldn’t be so smart without technology.  There is an increase of employees expecting highly mobile technology solutions.   As a result, employers will be offering more packaged solutions, on-demand resources and cloud services to elevate work productivity and empower staff to work more efficiently to better align with their busy work schedules.

Smart office workplace is the way of the future – are you ready for the change?  Talk to one of our consultants today 1-888-304-3114.