If you stopped to calculate the true cost of your office it, there is a good chance that you would be alarmed by the true cost. This will include providing your staff with workspace (proportion of rent, rates or building purchase costs, heating, lighting, fittings, furniture, services etc).
However Maris Interiors are renowned experts in Office Optimisation and are here to help you reduce your real estate costs and thereby transform your business.
It has been estimated that the average cost of a workstation is £8,000 per year.
Add to the cost the fact that many people actually spend considerable time away from their offices due to advances in technology; it is easy to see why more and more companies are looking at more flexible working in its various guises. Statistics show that the average workstation is only used for 50% of the time.
The concept of hot-desking originated from an old practice of hot racking on warships, where to save valuable space, bunks were shared by sailors who were on different shifts. Hot-desking in a work environment is now however considered an outdated method of space efficiency surpassed by more flexible working methods.
Today’s Millennials and tomorrow’s Generation Z no longer see the work environment as ‘single serving’. Our old perceptions of the areas of an office providing a single workplace setting are over. The office is now flexible, mobile and has a multitude of work scenarios to allow people to work where they want and when they want.
Coupled with the introduction of new technology and the migration away from desk-top computers to tablets and mobile devices, the office needs to be adaptable in a manner never seen before. For some organisations there is not even a requirement for office desks, just access to Wi-Fi and a range of seating and meeting mediums.
Without a doubt, offices of the future will have to be flexible and be able to adapt quickly to changes in technology and new ways of working. The well-designed office of today should allow people to work in teams when they need to, but also meet individual needs that are motivational and stimulate increased productivity.
The workplace must address the older generation who require static work environments, yet be flexible enough to appeal to future generations who already voice the office desk and applications such as e-mail to be outdated.
Maris Interiors LLP is the UK’s leading specialist in workplace consultancy, workplace optimisation, office design, office refurbishment, office fit-out and office relocation. Maris design and create world class working environments for occupiers throughout the UK and continental Europe. The Maris team of experts has extensive and in-depth knowledge of how good office design and fit-out can substantially improve business performance, save vast amounts of money and help retain and attract key people.
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For the organisation that fails to react to these changing demands, staff attraction and retention will be their second largest challenge behind the current effects of the economic downturn.
For further information it is best to consult with a team of office design experts.