The Smart Office

The Smart Office

How can we adapt working spaces to suit highly mobile workers who need the confidentiality and calm of a personal office as well as the stimulation and interaction of an open-space environment?

29 March 2019
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The world of work is being buffeted by innovations and new ways of working. For the previous generation, a one-person, partitioned office represented a form of achievement, whereas according to a Hiscox survey, 93% of today’s generation of workers don’t want that type of traditional office.

But how can we adapt working spaces to suit highly mobile workers who need the confidentiality and calm of a personal office as well as the stimulation and interaction of an open-space environment? The answer lies in the Smart Office. Offices must no longer be fixed structures – in order to be smart they have to be modular and to meet the changing needs of those who work in them And who better than employees themselves to design their own working areas?

But reducing our understanding of the Smart Office to its physical dimension is much too restrictive – you must have noticed the recent proliferation of coworking offices, fablabs and other collaborative open spaces. According to Polycom, by 2022, 60% of workers will work from home – that’s the perfect illustration of what the Smart Office is all about: an office without walls where everyone can work in the way they prefer but still be an integral part of a company’s structure.

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