I spend about half my time working from home where luckily I don’t lack for space. There is an efficiency apartment behind my house that would make a great office, and I have a room in the basement that is completely livable. It even has tiny windows. Still, my office consists of a few boxes I pack up each night, and a kitchen table that doubles as my desk. This is where I like to work. This is where I am most productive. I’m afraid if I’m too intentional about my workspace, I might become inflexible. The more informal the space in which I work, the more efficient I am.
According to an article in Human Resources Executive Online, office space has gone from a whopping 500 to 700 square feet per person in the 1960s to 200 square feet per person today. Moreover, it could drop to 50 square feet per person by 2015. Our increasingly mobile world has shrunk the office. Are you flexible and ready for change? Do you dread this change or does it excite you?
Here is an excerpt from the article:
“At the same time, Gen Y, Gen X and millennials will work anywhere, and hardly need a desk and/or cubicle that are part of the more traditional office space. Tech gear, such as laptop computers, smart phones and videoconferencing, are also dictating how people work and how offices are designed.
“It may take us a few more decades to fully adapt to mobility, but the mobile Internet may be bigger than electricity as a technological advancement,” he says. “With mobility, people don’t need to be in an office. The nature of work is changing. In 20-plus years of studying these trends, it’s clear technology today lets knowledge come to us, wherever we may work.”