It's no secret that office environments have been evolving over the past few decades, as new technology allows employees to work in a more mobile fashion. As collaboration between employees becomes more valued by organizations, and tools like smartphones and tablets allow workers to contribute from nearly anywhere with cell phone service, office furniture is evolving as well. In an article for Today's Facility Manager, authors Greg Nemchick and Cheryl O'Neil explain what is most necessary for an office in this day and age.
First, they explain, individual workspaces are becoming smaller, and collaboration areas are becoming larger. With more emphasis on meetings, conference rooms are becoming more numerous and smaller, to allow more "neighborhoods" or groups of people to work together.
Additionally, green office practices are growing in popularity. Whether it be through procuring used office furniture or more recycling, employees who participate in a more environmentally friendly corporate culture tend to be more loyal and maintain employment with that organization.
"Research has shown that associates are happier and more productive when natural light is available in a workplace," the article read. "With the increased use of lower panels, light is flooding into the facilities, and moods are [elevated]."
Lastly, they said, more flexibility to allow for mobile workers is expected to be seen in the future. Office space needs to be easily convertible and flexible to how many workers are in a physical office at any one time. Looking ahead, used office furniture will remain a key solution for creating the most flexible & environmentally friendly office space.