The following article on the evolution of workspaces written by CEO & Founder of NETWORKIA Business Center, Juanjo Martínez, is published in the February 2017 issue of Club Life Magazine of Barcelona International Business Club.
The workspaces have not stopped evolving since the industrial revolution of the nineteenth century when the work was equal to a place and that place corresponded with the one that was the machine until arriving at the technological revolution that is taking place in the present 21st century Where work has ceased to be linked to the physical place, but is in the cloud.
What changes are anticipated in the workspaces facing 2020?
Traditional offices no longer meet the needs currently required by 21st century workers. We must reinvent this concept. It is not the eternal debate of private offices or diaphanous spaces but of “reinventing” because the workers are not the same. In fact, by 2020, 50% of the working population will be “millenials”. Work in 2020 will be flexible in time, location and variety of choice. The workspaces or workspaces will act as catalysts of technology (high tech), meeting point (meetings), on-off line (connection)
But what is the weight and role of business centers in the digitization of workspaces?
In developed areas such as London Business Centers account for 5% of tertiary floor occupancy, while in Madrid or Barcelona only represent 0.5%.
The big difference is that in London or other cities, small businesses do not consider themselves in their own offices, because they value the quality of facilities and services much more than the square meters of their private space. Faced with this situation, Business centers can play an important role as providers and catalysts of technology and resources for companies that because of their size or capacity can not access them.
In Spain we are witnessing an increasing influence of the Business Centers in these companies of small dimension as well as the support function that they exert in the expansion and the temporary necessities changing of the medium and big companies.
Are workspaces really taken advantage of?
In any study office, throughout the working day, 50% of the tables are not occupied because their occupants do not require a table permanently to carry out their activity, but can be in a meeting room, traveling in The client’s office or in a local negotiating a contract with a new provider.