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GSA embracing the Flexible Workspace; Reducing office space needs by up to 50%

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It looks like the Federal government is embracing flexible workspace and changes in the workforce by changing how they let their employees work. No desk, no nameplate, and sometimes even half of the workspace. Federal agencies are adjusting to "Hot Desking" and "Hoteling."  In doing so, the General Services Administration, is helping to lead a growing effort to reshape how traditional office space is utilized. The cost savings are considerable; Up to 50% of the cost the Feds were spending on office space is now being saved for agencies participating in the program.

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Flexible Workspace , Office Space Design , Washington DC Office Space

Creative Cubicles - Make Your Workspace More Fun

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Here are some of my favorite Creative cubicles.  Really imaginative set-ups! From  http://ow.ly/7Y5pm

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By: James Osgood

Flexible Workspace , Office Space Design

How Work Space Evolution Enhances Employee Performance

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No matter what market your business serves, you know that profits are earned because of good, talented, employees working hard. Without these valued employees you would not have a thriving enterprise. And the better the team members perform the more your business will thrive.

So much of business performance today is knowledge-based work. People who have that knowledge and creativity are sought after by many companies and today’s workforce feel comfortable changing jobs several times in their career. This is so unlike our parents and grandparents where a person secured a job and stuck with that employer until they earned the gold watch at retirement.

Clearly, this means that those companies that are able to keep the talented knowledge employees happy will retain the talent longer than companies where employees do not feel valued, love their work and their work environments. When an organization can evolve to provide their team with practical options regarding where and sometimes even when work is performed, employees can choose work styles that best fit their personal needs.

One employee may work best in complete silence with no hustle and bustle around. That person may prefer to work from home, if the home office is quiet, several days per week and especially when performing more tedious tasks, coming into the office only as needed. This type of employee must be a self-starter who works well with little direction.

Another employee may thrive on the networking and sense of competition that the traditional office provides and prefer to come to the main office most days. These tend to be people who require a little more direction. While this employee will likely readily accept and implement technological advancements, they may be a bit hesitant when first making changes in processes to improve them.

Yet another type of employee may work best while on the move, working in third spaces such as cafes and internet hotspots while between meetings with clients. This type of working tends to be a real self-starter who has a strong dislike for the hassles of involved with reporting to a traditional office just for the sake of being seen. It is likely that this person will fully utilize each new technological development that makes their work faster and easier and embrace positive changes. This work style may involve some days spent at the office, some days where a few necessary minutes are spent at the office, and other days where all the day is spent working with clients or spots near the next client’s office.

An employer who can accommodate each of these types of employee will find it easier to retain talent and a high degree of production. When employees find they can work in whatever style suits them best for each specific goal or task, they are happier and feel empowered. Happy, empowered employees product more and stay with your company longer.

 

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How Office Space Design is Changing to Promote Flexibility

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Here is an excellent overview of how the office space workplace is changing and what features are being added to accommodate a more flexible workplace. A by-product is that companies won't need as much space for their employees and the employees will be happier.

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The Next Office Trend... Bench Desks?

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Is this where we are headed in office space furniture design?

"Within the design community, of which I represent, the current vogue is the concept called "benching". The concept presumes that removing or lowering panels engenders collaboration. It further presumes that facing a person sitting on the opposite side of a table puts each of you in a collaborative position. All of these table linked in a line becomes a bench. Every manufacture of office furniture has embraced the idea and has proliferated a myriad of beautiful designs, each slicker than the next." David Austin Murray, EdgeDesks

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