It is a reality that the line between personal life and work life becomes increasingly fine. Technology makes this barrier, once clearly defined, diluted. It is not unusual to receive professional calls out of work or respond to emails during non-working hours and, therefore, if work has invaded personal life, it is normal for work to promote social life.
This trend causes a very clear change in the work spaces where the common areas that promote collaboration and flexibility to the detriment of private offices take center stage. In the same sense, the worker profile of the new generations, the millennials, fits better in this type of organization and way of working.
The current design of the work areas must accommodate the diversity of activities that take place in an office to create different spaces that allow choosing the best corner to develop each task instead of always working in the same and unique environment, anchored on a desk table. As Eduardo Salsamendi, president of ProWorkSpaces, the association of the flexible office sector, says, “work has ceased to be a place to become an action”, which implies a change of mentality where the face-to-face culture disappears to work. Where work is being done, tomorrow there will be a presentation or a business meeting and the spaces have to give the possibility of adapting and even inspiring it. Obviously, ergonomics and the quality of light will always be present. In this sense, architects and interior designers take a strong role.
“Where now you work, tomorrow a presentation or a business meeting will be made and the spaces have to give the possibility to adapt it and even inspire it”
Big companies are already collecting and implementing this trend, as well as, large national and international operators. The movements of these actors, pioneers in this shift towards socialization, are dragging the rest in this direction. We are seeing that it is not a fashion, is something that will go further and transform the offices into unrecognizable spaces as they were conceived 10 years ago.
Another element that is promoting this revolution of the work spaces is the arrival of the called knowmad, the nomads of knowledge. It is true that the great crisis of 2008 accelerated the growth of these value-added professionals, but it is also true that technology allows individual knowledge to work at any level and in a global manner. This type of worker does not want to work in the coldness of individuality and this favors the collaborative culture of the flexible offices, where there is no dependency among the members, but a very enriching interdependence that fosters the sense of Community, another element that is taking a lot of strength.
The flexible office sector: Coworking or Business Centers were irrelevant 10 years ago. Now it grows at rates above 20% per year. At the end of 2017 there were about 18,000 spaces in the world and the forecast for five years, in 2022, is more than 30,000 spaces. In addition to a constant increase in the average area per center that does not stop growing every year. This gives an idea of the level of transformation of the workspaces.
Welcome to the revolution!
Author: Juanjo Martínez (CEO & Founder NETWORKIA)
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