As the office market continues to evolve apace, I wanted to highlight some under-mentioned trends.
The world of work is very different to 20 years ago. Clunky analogue technology has given way to the streamlined, digital age. Organisations are adapting by abandoning the rigid fixed-hours, fixed-location working practices of old in favour of a more flexible mindset.
Heavy investment, a higher standard of living and the growth of business opportunities in cities around the UK continue to make regional markets an attractive proposition, with cities including Bristol, Oxford and Edinburgh ranked as some of the best places to start a business. The coming months are therefore likely to see a rise in demand for grade-A regional space to accommodate the rise in start-up activity outside London.
Equally in the next few years, we can expect to see more and more firms following the likes of Google and Innocent Drinks, offering social and event programmes as part of their workspace packages and inspiring, ergonomically designed space.
The developments of the next few years will all be designed to maximise productivity, agility and cost-effectiveness and move away from the idea of a one-size-fits-all approach. Already we are seeing that the future of the office is one where the workspace adapts to the worker - not the other way around. The benefits are clear in terms of productivity, creativity and wellbeing. Workspace will continue to evolve to provide the future worker with the environment in which to excel.
Richard Morris, UK CEO, Regus