As we close out 2013, I wanted to share some top workplace trends. We know technology has changed how we work forever; we’re more mobile and flexible and our workplaces and work lives are racing to catch up. As we look ahead to next year here are the three workplace trends businesses can expect in 2014:
1. Rise of the third place: Research shows that even though 65% of workers can work remotely, only 13% say they’re happy to work from home. So a third place beyond the home, office or even distracting coffee shop is needed more than ever. Regus is now developing new types of business locations that offer conveniently located workspaces (airports, railways, retail sites) where people can drop in when on the move and be as productive as they are back in the office. Watch out for the rise of the Regus 3rd place in the U.S. in 2014.
2. Traditional office redesigned: The traditional office setting is no longer necessary as technology has unchained us from our desk. The way we use office space will continue to shift as businesses will look into flexible work options as a means to maintain employee productivity. Additionally, flexible work options have proved to reduce stress, shorten commutes and improve work / life balance.
3. Laying off real estate: Office space is the second largest expense for small businesses. Small businesses, startups and solopreneurs like Marlon Kirton are opting for non-binding, flexible arrangements like drop-in lounges or virtual offices to reduce overhead and better suit the needs of an the modern flexible workforce.
What are some other workplaces trends you are noticing? Share them with us in the comments.