It's not just the nature of work that has changed. In today's global, increasingly digital-first economy, the needs of workers have also shifted.
Productivity is no longer about punching a time card or clocking in and out. It's about how powerfully, efficiently and effectively workers can use their 9 to 5 hours. In other words, working smarter, not necessarily harder.
Part of working smarter means working in an environment that supports the format of the work being done and the stage of the project the work is at.
The rise in co-working spaces doesn't only parallel the rise in remote workers and the changing nature of working hours. It also tells us that there is a preference for larger companies to rely on smaller, leaner teams, and groups who can demonstrate a deep expertise, working on a project-to-project basis.
Running a tight but steadily moving ship like this, then, requires an office that will be as responsive as the principles these cohorts are built on.
A productive workspace is not only a flexible one or a balanced one, with ample room for various sizes and functions. It's also an "agile" one: A workplace design that mimics the inquiry, creativity, testing, development, and design stages that are at the core of the work itself.
So how do you put innovative development principles meant for software to work in a physical space? Simple: by creating agile workspaces.
The Office Feel of Agile Workspaces