The need to let staff operate in ways that suit their individual preferences best is behind the demand for extremely flexible workspace options.
Cultural diversity, differing work habits of the four generations who now populate the workplace – Baby boomers through to Millennials – plus the myriad pressures confronting today’s businesses are just some of the factors reshaping what the office of tomorrow will look like.
Activity-based work spaces (ABW), which have dominated the landscape in recent years, are giving way to demand for a greater variety of options. As well as complementing the needs of the business, more flexible workspace options also recognise that individual staff are more productive in working environments of their choice.
The one-size-fits-all workspace no longer meets the needs of a fragmented and divergent workforce, and a growing number of companies are looking for opportunities to change where and how employees work. Staff mobility is a key part of the rethink.
Workspace optimisation remains a fairly new phenomenon in Australia. It is larger firms, mainly in the banking, telco and professional services sectors that are leading the way, with a handful of landmark buildings across Australia’s capital cities home to the few examples that exist so far.