Boston office design still includes the basics, but now a genuine focus is placed on employee retention. Flexible, creative and communal space are the buzzwords that are exchanged when office tenants share their ideas of what their new space should embody.
Biznow takes a deep dive into a recent report released by architecture firm Ted Moudis Associates, assessing the evolution of office design over the last year, notes the following in its conclusion:
Instead of trying to find one seamless solution for everyone, organizations are working to develop new spaces that will cater to different working styles in order to encourage a balance between effective and efficient workspaces.
“People come to the office to connect with colleagues and so that interaction with the education aspect and learning from their peers and the senior leadership in the office [is important],” [Ted Moudis Associates Director of Workplace Strategy Jamie] Feuerborn said. “I think they want choice. If I want to do heads down focus work I have a place to go, if I want to connect with colleagues I can choose to sit in a different environment to do that.”
Technology has changed our lives in ways many of us could not have imagined. The influx of this has required us to have a constant demand of charging systems and adapters. Nissan’s self-parking office chairs are a great example of cool technology, but I can’t imagine charging offices chairs along with my phone.
Ubergizmo posted the video (below) displaying the Nissan technology in which “simply by clapping hands together, office chairs will be able to self-park at their respective desks. This helps create a neat and tidy look, something that offices don’t typically look like at the end of the day when everyone is done with work and just can’t wait to rush back home for their dinner…According to Nissan, these are modified Okamura chairs that are tracked by four motion cameras mounted on the walls and are controlled by WiFi.”
Before signing a multi-year office lease, tenants run through a list of questions to ensure the space is “future ready,” meaning it works for their team today, and will still work tomorrow. Will our team fit here in three years? Do we have room to grow? Will our next wave of employees want to work in this part of town? Can they get here easily?
Now, there’s a new question to add: Will it be fast enough?
According to a new research report from Cisco, Internet traffic will increase nearly three-fold within the next five years due to more users and devices, faster Internet speeds, and an increase of video viewing.
Companies of all shapes and sizes, from startups to Fortune 500s, will be part of this Internet evolution. The best companies will be the ones that plan for the future. The report predicts that annual Internet traffic for the year 2018 alone will be greater than all traffic that has been generated globally from 1984 to 2013 combined.
The report also says that by 2018 global broadband speeds will reach 42 Mbps, up from 16 Mbps by the end of 2013; more advanced regions may have average speeds approaching 100 Mbps by 2018. In addition to the increased speed, another major driver of the traffic will be the use of video, particularly high-definition. The report suggests that by 2018, nearly 80 percent of all traffic will be video, with a majority for HD video.
It’s not enough for tenants to see if their team will fit in five years, now they need to determine if their space will meet their increased need for speed too.