Regus Top Business Trends for 2014
DALLAS – December 9, 2013 – 2013 was a landmark year when it came to the topic of how and where we work: from the Yahoo edict that all telecommuters had to go back into the office (HP and Best Buy followed suit), to larger discussions about work/life balance as an issue for both men and women. “BYOD” (bring your own device) and “collaboration” space were increasingly topics for CTOs, CFOs and top HR/talent executives everywhere. City and suburban planners are looking how to decrease traffic congestion and there were horrible public transit events (derailments, bridge closures, transit strikes) that created more “work from home” moments than ever before.
What will 2014 hold in the world of workplace and workspace? Regus, the world’s largest provider of flexible workspace, announces some trends moving into the New Year. Technology has changed how we work forever; we’ve shifted into a shared economy. We’re more mobile and flexible and our workplaces and work lives are racing to catch up. As we look ahead to next year here are the three workplace trends businesses can expect in 2014 from Regional Vice President Sande Golgart:
1.Rise of the third place: Between a third and half of all workers are mobile, according to Deskmag’s annual Global Coworking Survey. Furthermore, 71% of workers report a boost in creativity since joining a coworking space and 64% are better able to complete tasks on time. So a third place beyond the home, office or even distracting coffee shop is needed more than ever. Regus is now developing new types of business locations that offer conveniently located workspaces (airports, railways, retail sites) where people can drop in when on the move and be as productive as they are back in the office. Watch out for the rise of the Regus 3rd place in the U.S. in 2014.
2.Traditional office redesigned: The rise of the very open office design plan means the noise and lack of privacy can drive more people to want to work at home (where they face other distractions – like pets and kids). Many companies also are creating more open meeting spaces that are fun, but may not have the privacy needed for confidential conversations. Our Regus clients tell us their “day office” requests as well as conference room space is on the rise everywhere.
3.Laying off real estate: Office space is the second largest expense for businesses. Large companies, small businesses, startups and solopreneurs like Marlon Kirton are opting for non-binding, flexible arrangements like drop-in lounges or virtual offices to reduce overhead and better suit the needs of an the modern flexible workforce.
Regus, who has anticipated these trends throughout the last year, will hit 2,000 centers in 2014 and continue growth throughout the globe.