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Salt Lake City – A balance of different types of workspaces within an office environment is the key to improving worker productivity, according to a new research report from CBRE Group, Inc. When a company provides a variety of workspaces that employees can select from, CBRE says satisfaction levels increase 10-15 percent. Companies are also supporting the way employees work today: research shows office workers spend less than 50 percent of their time at their desks, and the majority of their time interacting with others.
“By creating workplace solutions that reflect how people work and what they value, organizations can drive measurable improvements in employee satisfaction and business productivity while reflecting their brands and value to customers,” said Gary Baragona, director of research and analysis for CBRE.
According to the report, in the past companies would determine future space needs by examining their existing office configuration and determining what alterations were needed for future growth, with lower real estate costs being a primary metric for success. In contrast, today companies are looking to create a more thoughtful workplace strategy by collecting information to better understand their unique work environment, and implementing a balanced mix of spaces (both open and private workspaces) that aligns with how their employees actually work. Further, truly flexible work requires seamless remote access to company files and networks, necessitating the need for companies to provide mobile IT solutions.
Other findings from the report include:
“Collectively, this data suggests that organizations that can provide flexibility and choice will create greater office efficiencies and higher levels of employee satisfaction,” said http://www.cbre.com/Lenny.Beaudoin">Lenny Beaudoin, Senior Managing Director of Workplace Strategy for CBRE. “By more intensely using their real estate assets, companies are able to reinvest in technology and a suite of services that can make the new workplace environment a reality for their employees.”