In Focus: Taking Advantage of the Remote Working Trend
Tuesday, June 04, 2019
With the majority of employees worldwide spending at least a portion of their time working remotely, facility mangers need to alter their workspaces.
The shape of office space has changed dramatically over the years — from the large, individual offices of the 1950s and 60s to the rows of cubicles in the 80s. Now, we’re seeing those cubicles shift into communal work areas with less square footage overall and fewer parking spaces, reflecting the 21st century’s newest office trend: remote working. Remarkably, today a majority — 52 percent — of employees worldwide work away from the office at least once a week. In 2018, 85 percent of American companies offered this option to employees, and as more millennials enter the workforce, America’s workforce is taking full advantage of the opportunity.
According to an annual survey from FlexJobs, people seek flexible positions for work-life balance, saving time and eliminating commuting stress. The survey also reports that remote workers are more productive due to fewer distractions, interruptions from colleagues, and run-ins with office politics, to name a few factors. Because of these values of working remotely, companies are even beginning to offer this benefit in place of salary raises, and employees are happily accepting.
It’s clear that the remote working trend is unavoidable, and at first, it may seem bad for the commercial real estate industry, but that’s not necessarily true. The “ideal” workspace is never set in stone, so continually updating your spaces to stay ahead of the trend will avoid the negative consequences of inadaptability and become an opportunity for profit and growth. Here are some tips for altering your workspaces: