When moving their offices, an executive’s goals for designing new office spaces have changed. Creating an open, light-filled space, that provides a flexible office which accommodates
sitting, standing and easy access to “plug-and-play” power. It becomes mission critical to create an inspiring office spaces that facilitate innovation and allows users to quickly settle in and get right to work. The physical landscape of workspace innovation has transformed to support the ever evolving technologies and group collaboration. It is essential to offer a range of activity spaces to supplement assigned and unassigned workspaces.
The office of the future may not only be about technology or trappings as much as the exchange of ideas, with a focus on employee engagement–what some experts are calling the “new sustainability.” What’s becoming more important is the visual continuity so you can see someone all the way across the floor. It’s about staying involved and tapped into the breadth of the excitement of symbiosis and co-working–concepts that are causing even more walls to come down and hierarchies to flatten further.
The open plan isn’t a new concept; to group employees of similar functions (in the 20th century it was secretaries). But over the decades, as corporate workers increasingly performed their tasks, they were insulated in offices and cubicles, working their way up to bigger and better spaces that signaled their new status within the company.
Technology companies have led the way in this new “open space” design transformation. The desire is for lifestyle amenities, such as billiard tables, a stocked open pantry and racquetball courts
with work areas that reflect the company’s needs for interaction and privacy. “Huddle areas” are replacing conference rooms and gatherings around staircases for “all hands on deck” meetings between multiple floors, is the new age way to rally the troops.
Per researchers, more than seventy-five per cent of offices have open plans now and the number is rapidly growing. In order to attract millennials, companies will have to follow the trend of technology companies in order to not fall short and lose MBA’s who see themselves as a social unit and do away with assigned desks in favor of work “neighborhoods” with couches, “hot” desks (those that are not assigned to a specific employee but can be reserved for mobile workers or whoever may need it) and even treadmill desks, noted as one of the most popular desks in the last three years.