3 Changes in the Workplace that Have Impacted Physical Space, Too

The evolution of the workplace is happening right before our eyes. 

While many factors are instigating workplace developments, the main vehicle of change is the evolving workforce. By 2021, it’s estimated that 50% of the workforce will be comprised of Millennials. By 2030, this will spike up to 75%. Right on their heels is Gen Z, who is also causing major shifts in the industry. 

What we’re looking at is a completely reimagined working culture. Everything will be adjusted to meet the needs of the new workforce – including the physical spaces. 

Big developments are coming for commercial office design, and everyone in the industry is eager to know what’s coming next. Let’s explore these 3 changes and how they’re affecting CRE’s physical properties. 

Integrated Spaces

There’s no denying it – the up and coming generations are incredibly social. 

When it comes to Millennials and Gen Z, collaboration is a must. Members of these generations value teamwork and view coming together as an ideal method for finding creative solutions to complex problems. However, this system isn’t easily accomplished in cubicles. 

To meet Gen Z’s and Millennials’ collaborative needs, open spaces are being incorporated within workplace design schemes. Conference rooms are no longer being designed as closed off and separate. They’re in an open setting where members can comfortably meet and discuss business. 

Communal spaces are also being included within the office area to encourage people to come together during the workday. Contemporary workplaces are filled with a variety of small areas located throughout the space, allowing groups big and small to meet and join forces. 

Modular Amenities 

The new workforce doesn’t like to fit into a box. 

Flexibility, customization, and specialization are all vital elements of the Gen Z/Millennial workflow. The up and coming professional world is focused on providing modular amenities for their team members. 

Static desks and fixed tools won’t cut it in the coming years. Tomorrow’s wave of working culture will be dependent on big, open spaces that are filled with mobile objects. Designs will be required to adapt to the moment’s individual requirements. 

Moveable desks, mobile walls, partitions, and anything else that can slide, flip, and rotate will be key features in furnishing and designing workspaces. These tools allow team members to take things apart and put them back together again – enabling them to form their environment according to the needs of every task. 

Transparent Spaces

The open-office scheme quickly grew into one of the most sought-after workspace design styles. However, many unexpected issues arose from the real-world application of this concept. Common critiques included too much noise and constant distractions, all of which reduced efficiency and productivity. 

While these issues should be seriously considered, that doesn’t mean that the open-format idea isn’t powerful. 

Millennials and Gen Z want transparency in the workspace. When it comes to feedback, project details, and even team member relationships; the new workforce will be largely dependent on openness and lucidity. This is where the idea of open-offices can be redeemed. 

Instead of partition-less spaces, glass walls are being used to provide a subtle barrier without disrupting the overall flow. Glass limits distractions by muting out noises while still increasing visibility. Being able to see team members and what’s going on around the office provides a greater sense of community and support. 

The new wave of business culture is quickly approaching. How are you preparing for the coming office innovations? Check out our blog for the best CRE outlooks available.