People are looking at the quality of their working environment, wellness, journey to work and overall convenience as part of their benefits package, says Arnis Kakulis.
So businesses are looking to provide immersive environments that encourage employees, clients and customers to interact and share ideas.
Having worked on a number of office environment projects, I know integrated smart technologies enable employees to make the most of their workplace.
Implementing new technologies into the workplace environment enables better communication, fosters virtual interaction, tracks productivity and monitors facility effectiveness.
While tech is important, the office environment must be comfortable and adaptable to changing needs. Furniture for individuals and teams must be ergonomic, moveable and easily changeable. For example, there should be an option to work on a desk or gather the team together to discuss and explore business opportunities by simply transforming a desk into stable bench.
As the operational cost of real estate increases and technology evolves, physical office spaces will shrink. A smaller office footprint requires planning and design to maximise the available space and provide employees with a variety of spaces that give them the opportunity to succeed.
In the future, businesses will reduce operational costs to increase margins and foster growth in other areas of the business. Employees will be encouraged to work remotely and independently. As a result, managing people will be difficult; but with the right technology, innovative office environments and trust in place, this combination will be the glue that binds the workforce into a cohesive and productive team.
Arnis Kakulis is EMEA workplace sector lead at AECOM