The ways in which we work, our working conditions, and everything else relating to this field has been continuously changing over time. The design of office spaces is no exception to the rule, and work spaces have undergone considerable transformation in the last few years.
This change has been due in large part to the radical change taking place in the way in which we work. By the end of the 20th century, work had become highly individualized, hierarchical, automatic, allowing for very little flexibility. However, at the moment, work in teams and in collaboration with others are the two identifying traits of work in modern offices and work spaces, a phenomenon illustrated by coworking spaces for example. In many cases, offices are still a hierarchical environment when it comes to job positions, but this hierarchy is no longer visually apparent.
What factors are taken into account?
Before mentioning some of the characteristics of Office 3.0, which are based on the study conducted by Ofita (a company which designs office spaces), it is worth mentioning that when designing office spaces there are several factors to keep in mind:
- Technology: the technological revolution has changed our work spaces, and fixed spaces are no longer a requirement. A table, a portable computer and a WiFi connection are all that is required nowadays.
- The type of work: working as a computer specialist is not the same as working in the human resources department or as a lawyer. When designing Office 3.0 it was necessary to take into account the type of work which would be performed in any given space.
- Work flexibility: for many jobs it is no longer necessary to be at the office all of the time. It is often possible to work from home or from any other place. This is an important factor to keep in mind when considering how to structure office spaces. A hotel, a business center o a coworking can serve as an excellent work space. This is the type of work space which can be found at Worktel.
Characteristics of Office 3.0
Now that we have mentioned some of the factors which come into play when thinking about how to organize work spaces, we can mention some of Office 3.0’s characteristics.
- Collaborative areas: nowadays, there is more work being done in teams, and closed spaces or individual offices, have given way to common spaces where collaboration can be more easily achieved. These types of spaces promote the exchange of ideas, creativity, innovation, etc. The partitions which separated workers from each other have begun to disappear. And in many companies, the offices of upper management are no longer closed off; they are more open and accessible to other workers, or are glassed in to create the impression of being integrated with the rest of the office space.
- New spaces for different types of meetings: at Ofita they also believe that the style of meetings has changed, and that in function of each type of encounter, the meeting space should also be different. Holding a short duration meeting is not the same thing as attending a scheduled meeting or visiting with a client. That is why meeting spaces have also been modified in Office 3.0.
- Appealing design: in the years to come, the idea will be that employees should feel like they are doing their work in comfortable and more humane surroundings. The work space should almost feel like a second home and should foster a feeling of belonging to a community.
All of these characteristics have been applied to the work spaces offered by Worktel. Do you travel much for work? Are you a freelancer? The work spaces in our hotels, business centers and coworking centers are the ideal environment in which to undertake your work, to meet with clients, and of course, to enjoy all of the additional services.
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