There are many factors affecting how office space is being used these days. Not only has technology changed how business is being done, rising real estate costs have made the physical office space a much bigger investment. This has caused business owners to rethink how to best utilize the central office and remain as scalable as possible for future changes. In reconsidering the office atmosphere, consideration must be given to what activities require centralization, and which ones can be done remotely.
- Virtual Real Estate: It may seem counterproductive, especially considering traditional views, to try to eliminate people from the central office. But if people can work remotely and do it effectively there is little motivation to pay for the real estate and infrastructure they would need at the office. For many businesses, a virtual office is a brilliant solution to integrated decentralization. Serviced offices in the Sydney CBD are an innovative business option that provides both a centralised address, but remote accessibility.
- Maximising Human Interchange: Not everyone is wired the same, some people thrive in an office setting, and some are much more productive at home, or in their own space behind closed doors. Employers want to maximise both types of employees, so they are now experimenting with combined open plan offices, and privacy nooks. The open plan encourages brainstorming, collaboration, and consistency of practice, while the privacy provides the atmosphere for the introverts to share their ideas in a less intimidating environment.
- Changing the Office Atmosphere: Modern offices have come a long way from the cubicle era. Now, instead of the atmosphere of forced labour and confinement. Offices feature informal meeting rooms, snack bars, yoga rooms, and other leisurely distractions to help give employees a mental break from the demands of the job. With many of the employees working at home, they don’t need a desk, so they can feel free to utilise the space in whatever way makes them the most productive.
Our modern age is characterised by innovation and convenience and this has boosted consumerism and productivity to new heights. But the trend now is towards working smarter and making the most of technological assets while allowing the human assets to optimize their own process. The result is the increased efficiency of time and space. Less people in the office doing more work than ever before. And hopefully the improved atmosphere will also be reflected in better mental health and job satisfaction.