With a new year comes new trends for workplaces worldwide. Coming off of 2020, which changed the office landscape forever, it will be interesting to see where the workplace community goes in 2021. We have rounded up three trends to look out for that may impact how we work and live this upcoming year.
Trend #1: A greater focus on decentralization
The pandemic has highlighted that many jobs can be done from anywhere in the world. Moving away from a centralized location and office space means that companies can expand and diversify their workforces. Decentralization also helps to retain workforces, as people feel the freedom to move without risking their jobs. However, decentralizing your workforce comes with its challenges. Whether a team wants to go completely virtual or retain office space, a well thought out plan is key to a successful transition. Shared workspaces are a great option for decentralized workforces, as you can have as little as a business mailing address and phone number to a full-on private office for employees to use to access meeting rooms when you need to bring the team together. No matter what the plan is, you'll have a solution that can fit your needs.
Trend #2: Flexibility is key
This past year has shown us the importance of expecting the unexpected. With challenges thrown left and right, flexibility will become essential to continued growth amidst uncertain times. Look for more leniency in workspace contracts, such as options to scale space as needs change. We may also see a return to coworking and an increase in short-term office space rentals as businesses test the waters for returning to office environments- or if people are simply tired of working from home and need a change of scenery! Either way, do not expect most people to lock themselves into long-term spaces in 2021. Now that we have all had a taste of a different work/life balance, many will be eager to continue to switch things up.
Trend #3: Expansion of technology use
A sudden shift to working from home way back in March shed light on the technological gaps and challenges that many companies had. From video conferencing to cloud-based file sharing, workplaces will put a greater emphasis on their technological capabilities and offerings in 2021. Look for spaces to include new platforms and services for clients. Employees will also be at the forefront of learning new skills as they master new technologies to enable their work to thrive in the virtual and hybrid workplace.
The workspace trends for 2021 are a direct result of the tumultuous yet eye-opening year that we have just left behind. As businesses continue to adapt, so will workspaces. If you are ready to hop on the latest trends and better your work environment in the New Year, tour AdvantEdge Workspaces for an office space solution that provides flexibility, a plethora of options, and the latest tech and amenities. Click below to start 2021 on the right note!