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Generation Y - Space Planning and the Future of Workplace Design

13 November 2012 by Colliers International

AWS (alternative workplace strategies) is certainly nothing new, having been around since the early 1990s. It is one of many terms coined to describe the myriad ways in which businesses have reshaped their workplace as a result of the growth of the internet and telecommunications technology - notably, by enabling staff to work from home or in alternative locations.

From a corporate perspective, "space optimisation" (79%) and "cost savings" (74%) are the main reasons for companies to implement alternative strategies. Furthermore many companies see lots of potential for improvement in terms of space usage efficiency - only 55% of offices are utilised at a satisfactory level, according to research produced by New Ways of Working's Benchmarking Study; 2010.

Employee demand is also fuelling the need for AWS. Home-based working (89%), the use of drop-in spaces/hoteling (82%), non-company offices (37%) or satellite offices (35%) are used by an increasing number of enterprises to satisfy employee demand. We also know that employees want to be able to have a flexible workplace that can be taken wherever they go.

This suggests that we face a big drop in the use of traditional office space and that traditional office space itself has a requirement to be more flexible in order to accommodate companies wherever they may go.

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