Over the past decade, how has the workplace changed? What are the different trends driving the future of the office space as we know it? A lot of the workers from the 1970s through the 1990s would not even be able to recognize the offices of today. The headquarters for a lot of notable companies, including Twitter and Google, do not look a thing like the older cubicle layouts.
Companies today are realizing that workplaces need to be more than just a place to work, as a lot of employees spend the majority of their waking hours each week on the job. Office spaces are not longer just a place to get work done. As a matter of fact, the workplace is more of a pivotal tool to recruit top candidates as well as keeping the best employees. These are some trends that are driving workplace changes throughout the past decade and now moving into the future:
1. Not all work is completed inside the workplace.
Instead, the workforce will work anywhere and everywhere! There is no longer a need for a worker to be tied down to a desk within their office. A lot of people can do their jobs on a remote basis either across the building or in another country. All you have to do is allow them a computer with internet connection and they can be productive from just about anywhere.
The workforce today is also not bound by four walls in your traditional office. Work will get done through mobile devices, and also just about anywhere that is either inside or outside of the company and their facilities. A lot of workers do not need much more than a computer and internet to focus on their job. This means that they can easily work from home, while they are traveling, sitting in the office of their client and much more. In this type of changing environment, it is important that facilities are armed with great Wi-Fi connectivity as well as charging stations to charge mobile devices and plenty of spaces where workers can go to for meetings, offering presentations, giving reports and more.
2. The work place is much less confining and structured.
Any workers who do remain in their office to work will usually be much less confided to certain locations or tasks. Workers will usually be encouraged to move about, share, collaborate and socialize with other co-workers. The workplace of the past may have discouraged a lot of social interaction during work hours, the modern executives as well as managers understand that innovation, collaboration and camaraderie will flourish. Office spaces are now being designed with communal spaces open areas and much fewer barriers or walls to help support communication and collaboration.
3. Today’s offices are much more than simply a place to work.
The workers today are not just employees. These are people. These people have families as well as health issues and have a strong urge to have fun. Some workplaces are now working to cater to their workers by offering areas to meditate, rest, rooms to play games in or sit and listen to music or even connect on social media. Some offices will also have special areas for nursing moms, spas and fitness rooms and flexible scheduling so that jobs can done while still meeting the needs of each worker’s family. FM Leaders will usually look for ways to maintain best practices when it comes to the installation of gyms, gaming rooms, lactation spaces, and any other non-traditional workplace areas.
4. A workspace is no longer defined as being “mine” and “yours”.
Hot desking is another innovative idea being used in modern offices. This is when employees will work different shits, yet share the same workspace. This set up is ideal for facilities that have flex time and it allows the company to invest in having less space while making the best of workspaces that they already have. Hot desking will bring certain challenges for any facilities manager who wants to stay on top of who is going to be where and what spaces are being used. Luckily, the last 10 years there has also been incredible strides in FM software.
5. Women’s place in the workplace
The changes to women’s place in the work place in the last few decades have been staggering. From a position where pay equal was something many thought to be unlikely to one where women run some of the biggest companies in the world – things have changed. This infographic from AM Source Technology showcases how they have risen in fields previously considered “men’s” areas and changed the face of the workplace.