More and more, offering flexible office space to employees is becoming popular with not only employers, but also with employees. Offices designed around activity-based working not only save space, they also increase productivity. Team Space is becoming more popular because it is often more reflective of the needs of employees.
Previously, a business would rent a large space and fill it with cubicles to inspire creativity and maximize office space usage. Today, big companies are leading the charge and opening up their office space by replacing cubicles with non-designated work surfaces and comfortable chairs where employees can literally use their “laptop computer” on their lap, if they wish.
If companies like Google, Microsoft and Price Waterhouse Coopers can open up their offices to flexible work spaces, why can’t smaller businesses do the same? Unlike the business in the movie “Office Space”, most businesses are not all about TPS reports. Businesses today are more consumed with fulfilling the needs of customers. Happy and productive employees represent the best way to get things done.
Fixed spaces and fixed partitions not only take a lot of space, but they are expensive. Wireless technology has really freed up how businesses use space. Having an employee who can work from almost anywhere and only needs to come into the office space a few times a week, can free up a dedicated workspace for another employee that needs to spend more time in the office.
Flexible office space not only saves money and increases productivity, but having a flexible office situation can help a business attract the hot young talent if needs. Today’s top talented employees know that their skill set is desired – and they seek an employer who will not only give them the best pay, but an employer that gives them the best working environment too.
Google in Canada recognized that not only did their potential employees want to be downtown, but they wanted a work space that was conducive to their skills and work style. So Google created a work campus in downtown Toronto that inspired workers to want to come to work, and at the same time, made them feel that they were genuinely appreciated.