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Offices Are Getting Smaller, How Can You Cope?

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December 23, 2010

Offices Are Getting Smaller, How Can You Cope?

By David Sims, TMCnet Contributing Editor

If you thought your office was getting smaller -- you were right. It is.

Space maximization is as important as ever, not only on the call center floor, but in the back offices as well.  According to a study reported  on Gawker (News - Alert), “offices have experienced a drastic reduction in per-worker size over the past few years. According to experts, we can blame this on two most blameworthy things: the recession, and the youngs.”

The recession we understand. According to an LA Times article, “the average office has gone from 500-700 square feet per employee in the 1970s to 200 square feet per employee today. This is quite a reduction, especially considering the average employee has probably increased in girth by about the same proportion over that time.”

Yes, companies are a bit poorer, but the article also points the finger at "collaboration" and "teamwork.”

As the LA Times says, “many companies are emphasizing teamwork, and younger employees accustomed to working anywhere but at a desk are turning up their noses at the hierarchical formality of traditional offices. In addition, familiar technologies such as laptop computers, cellphones and videoconferencing are finally beginning to affect the way offices are laid out.”

If you feel a bit lost in this brave new world, Interior Concepts might be in a position to help. The company can help to maximize space while still providing employees with the tools that they need to do their job, as they’re pros in the industry. With Interior Concepts’ design abilities, company officials say , “they can design around building attributes like columns, window ledges, and utility boxes to maximize every square foot of available space.”

David Sims is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of David’s articles, please visit his columnist page. He also blogs for TMCnet here.

Edited by Chris DiMarco

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