Slowly but surely, the traditional office is disappearing. According to a new report by PwC, only 14% of those surveyed want to work in a traditional office environment. One in five say they want to work in a virtual environment or use a collaborative workspace.
HR professionals are preparing for the transition and predict that at least 20% of their workforce will be comprised of temporary workers or contractors by 2022.
Some businesses are replacing cubicle mazes with more open work spaces, while others are doing away with centralized offices altogether. If your business is ready to leave the traditional office behind, here are three alternatives to consider:
1. Work From Home
With today’s technology, there’s no reason why you can’t work from the comfort of your own home. Online collaboration tools and the ability to log into a network from anywhere in the world means that you no longer have to be shackled to your office desk. Set up an office in your home and stay focused throughout the day to maximize productivity.
2. Coffee Shop/Library/Any Public Place With Wi-Fi
If you’re looking for a change of scenery, local coffee shops, libraries and many other public places offer free Wi-Fi. Many people thrive in these work environments as the buzzing of these active spaces boosts creativity. Some public places offer free Wi-Fi outdoors, so you can get out of the stuffy office and enjoy some much-needed fresh air.
3. Coworking Spaces
Coworking spaces bring like-minded people together in one large, open and collaborative environment. These spaces are a great place to network and brainstorm, but they also provide you with a comfortable space to work privately without being tied down to a traditional office or cubicle. Coworking spaces can be found in most cities and offer you the chance to make new connections while working in a new, exciting type of work space.
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