The future of the workplace is more work and less place, especially given the impact of new technologies and the changing demands of a new generation of workers. Even with some employees working full-time or part-time at home or in other remote locations, there still needs to be an office for the business.
One trend in corporate offices today is to have fewer and smaller individual workspaces and a greater portion of the workspace dedicated to interactive and collaborative uses. Companies are changing the functions of the workplace more toward intense interaction spaces. Office space is being optimized for all types of collaboration, including space to bring remote workers into the office on a schedule. Even having remote workers come into the office a few times a month for meetings and team-building exercises requires a flexible workspace that can be changed or reconfigured when needed.
Traditional office space with cubicles or private offices for everyone, no longer seems to work. Many companies are even getting rid of desks and replacing them with work surfaces. The key to a productive office is flexibility. This can be best accomplished by providing workers with a variety of workspaces (meeting rooms, gathering places, quiet spaces, etc.), while also having adaptable furniture configurations that are conducive to collaboration and team projects. Teams need the ability to form and disband quickly and easily in response to any type of project.
With the changing workforce and the need for less office space, many companies are moving into serviced office business centres. These types of facilities are flexible not only in the amount of space that a company can rent, but also the type of space (private offices, semi-private offices and team spaces) that is dependent on the needs of the business. Team space is popular with many companies, as it is more collaborative compared to having each worker in their own office or cubicle.
Another reason why business centres are the office workplace of the future is that business owners want to manage and build their business – instead of managing the operations of an office and the time-consuming responsibilities that come with it. Who really wants to be worrying about the photocopier or the fax machine is out of toner when he or she is conducting business? Not to mention, who wants to be worried about the purchasing, leasing or the maintenance of office equipment? All these potential work interruptions can be eliminated by using a serviced office. Small business owners are also more in control of their office costs at a business centre. They pay one set amount of rent per month (with no hidden costs), which means it is easier on their budget. When they do need to make copies or print something, they only have to pay for what they use.
One of the largest wastes of space and money in traditional office spaces are boardrooms and meeting rooms that are often underutilized – or alternatively, become overpriced ‘storage spaces.’ In an office business centre like Telsec, tenants have access to several different sized meeting rooms and boardrooms at no additional cost.
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