By 2020, Gen Z will make up about 36% of the workforce, and this digital generation would rather work remotely at least part of the time, according to Forbes. Actually, it turns out that workers of every generation are seeking remote work in lieu of traditional company roles. As a result, remote office and meeting spaces are gaining prominence as tools that help people stay productive outside the office and to come together when they need face-to-face interaction.
Remote Office Spaces Will Become More Popular
There’s no doubt that remote workers save companies overhead costs and help alleviate space shortages for growing companies. However, it can be difficult for some telecommuters to concentrate outside a structured work environment. Co-working spaces give remote employees an alternative to working at home or in a public space with lots of distractions. One company in Europe is even offering a mix of office and hotel accommodations for remote workers who like to travel.
Unlike a traditional office with cubicles and bosses in the office next door, coworking spaces are used by workers from a range of different companies and projects. There’s little or no direct competition, so office politics disappear and workers can concentrate on their tasks. Sometimes, working amid people from different industries can spur creativity, and being able to come to an office space helps remote workers get into a routine that might be missing in an unstructured home environment.
What About Face-to-Face Meetings?
Many companies are now renting meeting spaces to bring together large teams that include employees working in different locations and those who work remotely with core staff members.
“Not only does a creative meeting space now need to be equipped with tools and software that harness productive and collaborative meetings, it also needs to streamline processes that used to be manual – things like taking notes, recording outcomes, and putting out polls,” according to Alliance Virtual Offices, which rents meeting space in over 1,000 locations.
Some projects require group collaboration and any work that relies on creativity may benefit from brainstorming sessions. Bouncing ideas off a group of colleagues is one of the great benefits of a meeting. For these types of activities, renting a meeting space gets everyone out of their routine, office and remote workers alike.
As technology advances, more options will fuel the ideas that drive growth and profitability. Redefining work and meeting spaces is just one way the idea of “going to work” will continue to evolve.