Modern times and new technologies have significantly influenced the way of doing business. It used to be considered that it was enough to provide an employee with a desk and a computer, however nowdays office space is increasingly used to evoke a sense of optimism, well-being and belonging, encourage greater engagement and improve overall results.
In the last few years, new trends in the organization of office space are mostly present in the ICT sector, however other sectors such as banks and auditing companies are progressively turning to them. Instead of classic separate offices, employees are preferring a system of connected areas where they can work, that support different ways of working and give employees the opportunity to choose whether a group or individual work is more appropriate at a given time. Also, as a consequence of the new way of working, plug & play informal work zones are increasingly used, in order to improve communication and increase the productivity of employees through the mentioned diversity of space.
As a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic, more and more companies are further considering organizational changes within their office space, as the consequence of the introduction of a hybrid work model which combines work in the office and work from home, which would enable flexibility of working hours and places where work will be performed. For that reason, companies insist on the office spaces that offer more flexibility. With the stabilization of the health situation, large number of companies will continue to work in flexible office spaces that will be adapted to the new working conditions.
There will be increased demand for new workplace design, including more digital, flexible and health-oriented working solutions. Work from home/remote work and the widespread usage of new digital technologies have enabled companies to operate more or less regularly even in the time of the pandemic, while a number of them plan to keep a hybrid model of work in the post-pandemic period.
From now on, the work will not be performed in the physical space only, but the office premises will remain important as the key place for cooperation, exchange of information, maintaining the corporate culture and training employees, and not just the performing and maintaining productivity.