Today’s workplaces are open spaces with less hierarchy and more emphasis on collaboration. Workforces need to relearn office etiquette around noise, privacy and when to interrupt co-workers, as permanent private offices become shared private enclaves.
Workspaces need to support co-creation in a highly collaborative environment where employees control where and how they work, from a choice of venues designed for group work and individual work. As a result, office furniture is being designed for more casual collaboration, like modular desks that can be arranged and rearranged in a number of different configurations to accommodate multiple purposes.
In addition, employees need access to space for both scheduled and spontaneous meetings that go beyond simply coordinating in-house activities, providing collaborative technology to encourage co-creation between workers in the office and around the world.