Flexibility in the workplace has become a common option for workers, but some firms are going further by becoming 100% remote so staff can work from wherever they please.
Sustainability in the workplace is at the forefront of office design
Sustainability in the workplace has shifted from what it once was. The health and well-being of employees are key to companies as lifestyle and work continue to merge.
Younger generations find that eco-friendly workplaces that support a healthy body and mind equate to a more productive and creative work environment.
The biophilic approach to office spaces is being embraced by office designers everywhere. Every day mental fatigue is combated with natural light, fresh air, and greenery.
Technology is a key player in this office design shift, with urban farming giving companies the ability to grow healthy produce with hydroponic and aquaponics systems from their very own rooftop gardens. This also aids in cutting a company’s carbon footprint.
PlaceTech has also designed the Bright Building in Manchester Science Park. The space features a variety of software that gives an overview of building use and environmental sensors that gives companies an opportunity to map out the carbon footprint of each individual, allowing them to design ways to be even more energy efficient.
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Other ways offices are gaining their eco-friendly badges is through shared bicycles.Through this simple change, London-based design company Hilson Moran gained the first UK WELL Certified Gold rating outside of London.
“Renewable energy technology has the power to shrink the carbon footprint of our workspaces. If we want to be carbon neutral, renewables are the way forward,” according Adam Tillis, building director at Bruntwood. “This ranges from the installation of photovoltaic panels, like the ones that will soon feature at our 111 Piccadilly workspace building in Manchester, to the introduction of a lithium-ion Tesla Powerpack system, the most advanced commercial energy storage solution currently available, outside the Bright Building.”
As developers move towards sustainability, the Green Building Council is aiming for buildings to be net zero carbon emitting by 2030 and old buildings by 2050.
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Coworking firms, such as WeWork and Knotel, have been rapidly expanding their footprint in New York’s Flatiron District as it becomes the city’s hub for shared offices.
British brand Established & Sons have introduced four new furniture designs that aim to create a more comfortable workplace, while also being functional to homes.
Condeco’s newest research paper found that 41% of employers offer remote working, thanks largely in part to major technological advancements that are sweeping workplaces.
Industrious is partnering up with national retail and mixed-use developer Seritage Growth Properties to brings its coworking spaces into five of the retailers locations.
Companies have accepted that wellness in the workplace should be prioritized, but the trendiness of it can overshadow what is most effective — starting from the basics.
Sources have revealed that CBRE, the world’s largest commercial real estate services firm, is looking at 3 World Trade Center to house its new coworking brand Hana.
Hoxton Hotel is branching out from traditional hospitality services with the launch of its coworking brand Working From_ at its London Southwark and Chicago locations.
Speaking at the 2019 MIPIM conference, IWG’s CEO Mark Dixon said that companies of various sizes should offer some form of agility in order to attract and retain talent.
As the coworking space sector continues to evolve and grow, experts believe that there will be a 25% growth of these offices within retail properties through 2023.
Ryan Simonetti, CEO of Convene, believes that the firm sets itself apart from the competition by going beyond serviced workspaces and offering more hospitable amenities.