Office space is smaller than ever, and getting smaller still, according to research from CoreNet Global. Of the 465 companies surveyed, 24 percent said their staff had less than 100 square feet of workspace to call their own, while 40 percent said space would shrink to that level by 2017. Workspace has shrunk from 225 square feet in 2010 to 176 just four years later.
The world is changing faster than ever, yet there are still some antiquated features of our society that haven't quite caught up to modern times. In order to stay relevant and continue to grow in the 21st century, individuals and companies need to be flexible, and they need to change. A good place to start might just be the office set-up itself – more specifically, the cubicles. Here are a few reasons why cube-world doesn't have a place in the professional universe of the future.
In the last few years, we've been bombarded with warnings about the dangers of sitting too much. We've heard that even if you exercise, prolonged periods of sitting can kill you. We know that, even if do we manage to escape premature sitting-induced death, those of us who sit too much are more likely to develop heart disease and diabetes. We've even heard sitting compared with some of the unhealthiest "habits" out there – most notably, that sitting is the new smoking.
The workday is often long and hard, and sometimes we don't have as much control as we'd like over the difficulties we're forced to shoulder in our jobs. It's easy to get run down, and it's tough to be optimistic on days when so much feels out of our hands. Sometimes, all we can control are the little things. The good news is, these little things could make a bigger difference than you'd think. If you're feeling like your attitude could use a little re-calibrating, try one or more of these quick tips for decorating your office to improve your mood. They really might help.
Your favorite color might not be the best choice for the paint in your home office. Research shows that certain colors are capable of boosting productivity and mood, while other colors have more of a negative impact on disposition. Read on to learn more about how different hues send different cues to your brain and how that affects your every day.
All the hype about open workspaces is finally being refuted, thanks to a little study that found open floorplans to be detrimental to productivity. We’ll examine the facts to see how workstation “openness” results in many employees feeling exposed, rather than liberated.
No more light gray or beige office spaces. Color experts have much to say about how the colors you choose for your office affects your work productivity, and they don't recommend going for blah.
We all like a comfortable, personalized workspace. Keep it appropriate so you are still taken seriously and seen as a professional.