The Urban Office Revolution is Here

May 22, 2014 John Michael

 

Staples workplace design

We’ve talked about it here before: workers are becoming increasingly more mobile, while their schedules become more flexible. What does it mean for companies that require workspaces for traveling workers in different cities, but don’t have a central office location there? What about companies who typically allow their employees to work from home, but need space to hold a big meeting? The answer is the Urban Office Revolution.

It’s a concept my team and I have noticed – a movement toward reclaiming urban space, capitalizing on vacant buildings to provide workspaces for businesses or traveling workers in need of a productive work environment. Vacant spaces, when designed properly, provide the perfect opportunity to house regular telecommuters, as well as traveling workers.

These spaces often include pop-up partitions for temporary private workspaces, as well as the conversion of old urban building remains, such as concrete slabs, into chic workspaces. The key to the reclamation of these currently unused spaces is flexibility – the ability to house impromptu meetings when needed, as well as access to private spaces when needs dictate.

Additionally, we’ve seen more shared workspaces between different companies. The rise of mobile workers, employees from different departments – and even companies – can work under one roof and rent out space for a designated amount of time, showing a decrease in the ownership of the workspace (remember our kNOw Space blog post that discussed how we need to understand our space? Here’s where it applies). It’s an exciting evolution that helps companies adjust to the changing workforce.

Have you ever used a space like this? If so, what have you liked about it?

 

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