By 2020 organizations are set to reduce office space by almost a fifth (17%), results of a new study conducted by mobile and cloud technology vendor Citrix reveal.
According to the company, the workplace of the future will provide just seven desks for every 10 office workers, with each person accessing the corporate IT network from an average of six different computing devices. The figure for 2020 is as low as six desks for every 10 workers in Singapore, the Netherlands, the USA and the UK. Some of the highest desk to worker ratios in 2020 will be in “Japan (8.77), South Korea (7.95) and Germany (7.90).
Almost every organization says they will redesign office space to be more appealing,” the company said in a release. “The workplace of the future will foster creativity, be inspiring and encourage collaboration by enabling people to work from wherever, whenever and on whatever device so that work becomes something people do, not a place people go.”
The Citrix Workplace of the Future report, which polled 1,900 senior IT decision-makers across 19 countries, shows that a third of people (29%) will no longer work from their traditional office. Instead employees will base themselves from various semi-permanent locations including the home (64%), field and project sites (60%), and customer or partner premises (50%).
People are also expected to access corporate applications, data and services from locations such as hotels, airports, coffee shops and while in transit.
More information on the study will appear in the November/December issue of CNS.