Creating a flexible office space which allows for greater collaboration could help to boost productivity.
That’s the view of workplace technology specialist Condeco, which says that facilities managers must help to boost office efficiency by embracing technology.
According to Paul Statham, CEO and founder of Condeco Software, which has worked with leading brands such as BAE Systems and Barclays, facilities managers always have their hands full because they have so many different responsibilities.
But he says that technology can help to lift the burden by streamlining processes which cause everyday headaches.
Statham says that, by 2025, 75% of the workforce will be millennials and, to attract and retain this talent, businesses will need to embrace the technological tools these members of staff have grown accustomed to using.
He claims that the culture of the workplace is also changing – with more and more people demanding flexible working – and that offices must be managed with that in mind.
“The way the office is managed can help dictate the culture of the office and make it a truly modern workplace,” he says.
“Not only can technology help with the day to day running of businesses, but it can also improve its output.
“The best ideas come from staff when they work together, so empowering collaborative working will increase productivity, drive growth, and in turn increase revenue.
“Creating an environment where people can seamlessly work together will also boost staff morale and make them feel more involved with their work.
“According to research from TowersWatson more than 60 per cent of employees are unsupported, detached or disengaged, so half of your workforce can be disengaged at any point in time – changing that could make a huge difference.
“Market leading companies are realising this and that is the reason why are working with huge global brands, including 30 of the FTSE 100.
“The fixed desk is a thing of the past because staff are increasingly remote working or out at meetings. Research shows that providing workspace to an individual employee costs an organisation roughly between £5,000 and £9,000 per year.
“So, it’s clearly costly but having a separate desk also creates unnecessary barriers for people attempting to interact and work with each other.
“A more agile office means it is easier for people to communicate, which in turn makes for smoother running of the workplace.”
Condeco Software has created a range of solutions which help businesses provide an efficient, flexible working environment and to smoothly manage meeting rooms and video conferences across global operations.