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The workspace in 2020

In recent years, office concept have changed. The cubicles made way for open spaces and the requirements of companies today can be summed as “flexible”.

In 2020 we work time and space independent. ICT is key for knowledge workers to be able to work quicker and more effective. And as a result we spend less time in the office. Virtual offices, cyber teamwork and internet driven communication are developing in a rapid pace, so much so that it’s hard to determine what the world will look like in 10 years.

We work everywhere. At home, in the train, in virtual offices or co-working spaces. Generation Y has made its mark. Their motivations are driven differently, less ego, less money focused, more interested in purpose and connections.

Work and private lives are intertwined, comparable to life in universities. We work in networks and communities and teams are established based on personalities and skills and less on degrees or hierarchies.

Physical spaces will always remain. People do want to mingle, have personal contacts and share experiences. But these spaces will need to be facilitating the values and wishes of the workforce. It doesn’t stop at the exit of the building. It encompasses the area around it to. Break out areas, terraces, balconies. A place of dynamic energy, comparable to the old village marketplace. More organic.

The workspaces in 2020 will be like club houses, like community spaces or meeting points.

Companies will not opt for ownership of buildings or even longer term lease contracts. Companies work in networks and form temporary project teams for specific objectives.

Serviced office centres and co-working places aim for this sort of client.

Most larger corporations will tend to focus on their core-business and use partners and free agents to fill in the less significant activities. The role of the project manager becomes comparable to the role of a director or producer in a movie production.

Based on the requirements in terms of cost control, work culture and cooperation, financial capabilities, flexibility, image and contuinity, companies will want to pick from a menu of options with regards to their work environment. Traditional office parks will disappear. The business model of “charging per square meter” will be replaced by different pricing models.

The tremendous surge of new co-working spots in Australia is a testament to this trend.