The Future Office
It is not a secret anymore: over the past decades a change in our workplaces has been happening.
Concepts like “open office”, “free seating” or “smart workspace” are already common practices.
These “new” offices seem to contribute to a happy and healthy work environment.
This article will highlight the 5 most popular trends within corporate workplaces that will shape our future offices:
Researchers have proven: the perfect work-life-balance results in higher productivity. Reducing the employees stress level by offering solutions that benefit him or her will be responded in a higher engagement for the company. In recent years corporate campuses are growing not only in size but also in amenities. Facilities like leisure rooms, food lounges, fitness areas, , outdoor workspaces, etc. are no longer the exception.
A corporate campus is an essential means of powering collaboration, innovation and culture. It offers a urban atmosphere (even when situated in rural areas) with sustainable, supportive and cost-effective characters. Furthermore services that simplify the campus optimization occur more frequently. For instance, campus bikes are popular among the big US companies and several technologies such as indoor navigation systems can contribute to the accomplishment of the future office.
Today, companies especially see value in collaboration within the workforce. Not only that social facilities, as mentioned above, are part of the modern offices, also the work desks are organised accordingly. Several business concerns already introduced open work spaces to boost the exchange. “Super-desk” (an essentially longer shared desk for up to 170 people), moveable desks (to work individually or collaboratively) and free seating (employees can decide themselves where to sit) are on the rise. Here people can interact, be creative and ideas come off more naturally.
Anywhere, anytime with any device
The employee of today values freedom more than a good salary. According to Forbes one in three Millennials puts flexibility and work mobility first. As mentioned previously there is a direct link between work-life-balance and employee engagement. The possibility to work from every place with devices that are easy to use provides flexibility for the employee. People who feel free in deciding how and when to do their task respond in a proactive way, often even going beyond their call of duty.
The Internet of Things is already established in many commercial buildings. Sensors measuring how many people are in the office and adjusting heating and lightning accordingly will be commonplace in the future offices.
We already know virtual desktops on laptop devices. Now technology allows us to access virtual desktops from mobile devices too. Meaning a company can use one technology for all employees. Providing a seamless, consistent experience regardless of the used device or place. Forbes claims that almost half of the future IT investments will concentrate on mobile services. And 70% of organizations prioritize the improvement of mobile support to employees for the coming years.
Mobile Cloud Services
The so called mobile cloud computing will be the leading initiative. By implementing a cloud provider accessing resources, data and real-time information from anywhere gets possible.
Such an enablement can result in a higher productivity, improved employee satisfaction and better industry service operations.