Having looked at office space re-imaging recently, you may be wondering why businesses of all sizes are joining into this emerging trend. Let’s delve into the reasons that re-imaging is occurring and why it help business productivity and profits.
The main drivers behind this trend is the rapid advances in technology and employee retention. Twenty years ago, employees were “chained” to their desks in order to perform their jobs. Telephones had wires and what could be done with computers was limited to the desk. Therefore, employees arrived at the office and spent most, if not all, of their workdays sitting at their desk.
Today, laptop computers with wi-fi capability, cell phones that connect to the internet and provide video chat capability, personal data devices with applications which allow them to perform much like a personal computer, wireless internet availability, and easy to use video conferencing tools allow an employee to perform tasks no matter where they happen to be. While use of this technology should not be performed in a moving vehicle, almost any other location can be used as a virtual office. No longer are team members restricted to interacting with clients and co-workers from their assigned desk in a boring cubicle.
The second major driver behind the re-imaging of office space revolves around employee satisfaction. Sitting at a desk limits creativity and by the end of the day, the staff members go home without feelings of accomplishment and satisfaction. The physical constraints of being forced to perform all tasks at a desk in a rather boring office or cubicle takes a toll on the body and mind.
The freedom to work in any location in the business campus or building or even choose to work outdoors in the sunshine provides staff members with a feeling of freedom and accomplishment. Interfacing with other team members is easy and the ability to interface with clients and suppliers around the globe without having to leave family and home saves the employee time and the business lots of money. While traveling to see clients and suppliers face-to-face is sometimes important, as well as lots of fun for all parties, it is no longer necessary to travel so extensively to accomplish day-to-day business. No longer are meetings restricted to conference rooms. Some of the most productive meetings may occur in the lounge, cafeteria, coffee break area, or in the hallways. The possibilities are limitless and differing work types no longer must be inhibited.
The third major driver behind the re-imaging of offices is basically the bottom line. Profits drive the way business is conducted and having seen that new work methods provide major pluses employers see the potential provided by changing the face of office space. Today, business owners seek any reasonable means to overcome the competition and take advantage of better and more effective ways to conduct business. Re-imaging the office is just one of the ways that is proving to be effective in so many ways.
Next, we’ll look at practical ways that any business can begin the re-imaging process.
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