Business premises of the future provide experiences
Openness, mobility and different types of spaces for different purposes – these are the ingredients of the business premises of the future. Sponda wants to provide its customers with business premises that can be adapted.
The business premises of the future will be flexible and versatile as the significance of the workplace as a social meeting place increases. As work becomes more mobile and moves outside the office, the workplace will increasingly become a meeting place and a base of operations. Open plan offices and openness are of the essence, with offices designed to be comfortable and experience-oriented environments where people want to come and work. The eco-efficiency of business premises will also be an important recruitment advantage.
These views were highlighted in the Business Premises of the Future 2030 survey conducted by Sponda to assess its customers’ thoughts on the future of working life and business premises. The most significant changes identified by the respondents were the increase in open plan offices (42 per cent of respondents considered this change likely) and working outside the office (40 per cent).
Changes in the ways people work are reflected in business premises
Many of the future trends related to business premises are closely interlinked. Changes in how work is performed, the design of business premises that support different ways of working and technological development all feed each other.
For example, 90 per cent of the respondents considered it likely that, in the future, there will be more external people working on the same premises. Networking between different companies and industries requires more room for collaboration (88 per cent), but, at the same time, there will be a growing need for quiet space for work that requires concentration (86 per cent).
Technological development plays a key role in how people work. Some 54 per cent of respondents emphasised its significance to the increase of remote work, while 42 per cent highlighted its role in increasing the use of videoconferencing.
Also the point of view of the environmental responsibility will increase its importance in the future. For example, 46 per cent of the respondents considered it likely that, the energy efficiency of the buildings will become important criteria in choosing office premises. In addition, eco-efficiency of the business premises is believed to become one of the valuable assets in a recruitment process (60 per cent).
The most significant criteria for the choice of a business premises partner included cost-effectiveness, the availability of a diverse range of premises, flexibility and the continuous development of operations in partnership with the customer. By responding to these wishes, Sponda creates the conditions for its customers’ success.
Business Premises of the Future 2030 survey
- The survey assessed the views of Sponda’s customers on what kinds of business premises people will work in 2030.
- The data was collected by means of telephone interviews in September 2013.
- A total of 50 respondents took part.
The business premises of the future will be flexible and versatile as the significance of the workplace as a social meeting place increases.