Virtual Offices Part of Workplace of Future (and Present)

NEW YORK—There’s been a lot of talk lately about the workplace of the future. But such talk wouldn’t be complete without analyzing how virtual office space comes into the mix. Whether you are in a big city like New York or a smaller city like Tampa, Fla., virtual offices are a lasting trend.

Teknion just released the results of its Workplace of the Future survey. Among other findings, the survey revealed the most important strategies used to attract a new generation of knowledge workers. Wouldn’t you know it? Virtual office space is an important factor.

"The number one draw according to 41 percent of respondents is access to flexible workplace options. Another 39 percent indicated that having the most leading-edge technology was the key,” says Kay Sargent, Teknion Vice President of Architecture, Design and Workplace Strategies. “The shift from technology as the main consideration may result from people today being less dependent on the technology supplied by their offices as they often have better devices than those provided by their employer. Today we're becoming a BYOT, or bring your own technology society, and companies are working to support the devices their employees are selecting."

Along the virtual office technology lines, 89 percent reported that they plan to increase their investment in productivity-enabling technologies such as voice-activation technologies and sophisticated video conferencing by 2015 beyond current spending levels.

"Today, the only thing we know will be constant is change," Sargent says. "It's inevitable so we need to embrace it. Change today is being driven by demographic shifts, economic volatility, the pursuit of sustainability—both for our buildings and for ourselves. But technology is the single largest factor fueling change in the workplace today, so understanding it is essential."

Are you prepared to go with the flow of the workplace of the future? Alternative workplace strategies that include virtual offices are part of that flow. Virtual offices continue to gain momentum because they offer employees flexible workplace options that actually drive productivity.


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