There seems to be considerable commentary these days on how the workplace is going to significantly change and what the potential impact might be on the overall office space market. The impact of technology and Millennials entering the workforce are two factors cited most often as drivers of significant change in how companies will use office space in the future. I believe advances in telecommunications to this point has had a substantial impact in terms of the volume of office space required, but to some degree these changes have already happened. The utilization of alternative work strategies may very well increase by larger corporations but despite all the advances in technology, most employees of organizations still have a fundamental need for face-to-face communication and collaboration.
Below are links to several articles on these topics:
- Millennials Won’t Change Work; Work Will Change Millennials
- Are You Ready to Manage Five Generations of Workers
- Even Internet-Age Companies Need Ferment of City
- How the workplace fosters innovation
- Why and How We Meet
- The Way People Work is Changing
- Get out of my space: office nomads suffer identity issues
- Are Workspace Allocations Shrinking Dramatically
- Office Space Density: The New Workspace Metric
- Is the Traditional Office Becoming Extinct?
There is No Substitute for “Face-to-Face”
How companies use office space is certain to continue to evolve and I firmly believe corporate office space users will continue to look for new ways to be more efficient and increase productivity. I however fall in the camp that these changes in terms of how we use office space will be slower to evolve and more subtle than many would lead you to believe. My opinion is really based on looking back at my 25 year in the workforce. In retrospect, how I use office space today is not all that radically different than I did 25 years ago. I do work at home often and have increasingly done so over the last couple of years. The advancement of technology and particularly the internet now allows me to work anywhere. However, lately I am feeling far more urgency to be in the office to collaborate with my colleagues. There is no substitute for “face-to-face” communication.