The workplace environment is evolving rapidly. Traditional private offices, based on hierarchy, are a thing of the past and are being replaced with creative workplace designs that better support organizational performance.
Recent economic struggles, newly developed technology, and multi-generational dynamics are among the many catalysts impacting today’s shifting office model. The latest studies show that most private offices are underutilized - meaning these spaces are empty more than half of the time. While private offices are still necessary for certain types of work, we see the need for a greater variety of different types of workspace. To achieve a highly productive work environment, designers need to create multiple work environments – creating “places and spaces” for people to come together to share ideas, inspire
The Future of Work...Unlimited recently published Bob Fox's article on "Measuring Office Space For The Agile Worker."
Is there only one metric?
For as long as I can remember, the square footage of space has been the primary metric in the real estate and construction world. However, commercial offices today are evolving in the way they operate, incorporating the telecommuter, co-working, and sharing workspaces. Because of these developments, determining the efficiency of a person in a place has become a serious challenge.
The standard metric concept assumes each person “owns” and occupies his/her individual workstation real estate, but this approach says nothing about the performance of workers who are more agile, or who are working remotely and moving among different locations.
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