Based on current trends, there is little doubt that corporations will have to think differently, engage technology and provide a human connection to their employees. Among the findings of the research presented:
- Sixty percent of decision makers say that the need for office space is decreasing
- Only thirty-six percent of employees are highly engaged
- The number of mobile workers today is 1.3 billion globally; 37 percent of the total workforce
“Office space is evolving to support changing business requirements,” said Tim Venable, Senior Vice President of CoreNet Global. “At times, for some companies, that will mean less space. But the office – both physical and virtual – will continue to play a crucial role in corporate success by helping attract the best and brightest talent and by providing the means for teamwork, creativity and innovation.”
Ankerstjerne said that employers need to recognize that the “workplace” is now all encompassing, and it includes addressing multiple environments from arriving at work, being in the building, collaborating, office support and facilitating mobile work to leaving at the end of the day.
“Corporations need alternative workspaces to promote corporate culture, foster collaboration, knowledge sharing, flexibility, speed, innovation and productivity,” he said.
Among the factors that will influence employees is a heightened user experience: easier collaboration, enhanced earning environments, efficient working solutions and healthy work environments.
The overall benefit to addressing workplace modernization, Ankerstjerne said, is that in addition to retaining talented workers, companies will recognize that customer service increases when employees are fully engaged. And that will be reflected in the bottom line.
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