Office Environment Changing: Look at Offices of Future

Updated: 06/17/2014 11:04 PM
Created: 06/17/2014 8:45 PM
By: Tim Sherno

As companies looking for financial efficiencies take a fresh look at the traditional office, a new kind of office space is beginning to take shape.

Jason Butterfield, Senior Director at Wakefield, Cushman and Northmarq, says the office environment is changing, "You might have 50 employees that have cubes today, going forward they might be in 10 different 'hoteling stations' where they're not working from an office, they might be working from home."

Technology like the laptop and cellphone make it possible for some employees to work anywhere, coffee shops and kitchens present some potential problems.

Dan Ball a co-founder of CoCo, a collaborative workspace, points out that it can be distracting to join a conference call from home or meet with several co-workers in a coffee shop.

CoCo, and other collaborative workspaces like it offer the amenities of a traditional office in freeform environment, where workers don't pay rent, they pay to be a member. Ball says some studies indicate up to 40 percent of traditional office employees will work in non-traditional offices like coffee shops, homes offices or collaborative spaces like CoCo, "If that's true. if part of that is true, that's a lot of people that are out on the street looking for a place to work."

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