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How office real estate evolves under the influence of new work practices

Teleworking, intra-company and extra-Company mobility, coworking or corps working, corporate real estate tends to be ubiquitous! It is transformed to offer employees greater agility in their professional practice while meeting the requirements of use optimization in a complex economic context.

While only 2.5 % of office buildings are currently managed flexibly, by 2030, they will be 20-30% in France. But where do these changes in behavior and organisation? The arrival of the Millenials is not foreign. Hyper-connected, community-oriented, meaning-seeking, and technophile, this generation takes a new look at the company. It has been reinventing itself in recent years, both in more horizontal ways of organization and in decentralized working spaces.

The quality of the work environment and the employee experience thus become essential to attract and retain this generation. Traveling time from home to work is one of the main difficulties of this experience: a worker travels an average of 9000 km per year to reach his company. The decentralization of the company to non-residential areas and the development of teleworking are, in fact, possible answers to this challenge.

Crossed at the cost of accommodation per employee, estimated between € 8,000 and € 13,000 per year in Paris, the transformation of our working methods also rhymes with savings in a real estate market in downtown more and more constrained! Reducing property costs (m2, maintenance, operation, etc.) is, therefore, also a priority.

Weak signals for a trend

Although today only 16% of workers practice teleworking more than once a month, this is nevertheless a fundamental trend leading companies to experiment with new types of real estate projects: provision of shared spaces between employees to support their mobility, inter-branch exchanges, and a reduced environmental impact. ; creation of hybrid workspaces designed as Real platforms for meetings and collaborations in which entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, associations, large institutional actors, etc.

However, these spatial transformations pose many challenges for the company. How do you keep working collaboratively without meeting your team daily? How can we preserve a symmetrical sharing of information in fragmented workspaces? How to cultivate a strong corporate culture and adopt the right managerial posture in this context?

Tomorrow’s work will rhyme with: ubiquity, horizontality, and optimization

These ways of working also change our organizational and management models. From a top-down and hierarchical control, the “liberating company” becomes horizontal and learns to work more in project mode. However, this managerial and organizational transformation can be supported by more connected work environments.

Computer tools accompany the employees ‘ nomadism by integrating the portability of information systems, thanks to which the worker becomes hypermobile. He is offered new services dedicated to the fluidity and connectivity of his path at any time and in any workspace.

Real estate managers are making progress in their understanding of these uses for smarter and more optimized office management. The increasing modularity will intensify the use of spaces, accompanied by tools for booking meeting rooms or plug and play workstations. To equip your organization is also to maximize occupancy rates while going back from the data centered on use in real-time.

This data analysis is the key: it opens the field of a more detailed understanding of professional practices and allows to enrich the collaborator’s experience by adapted services. It also increases the performance of managers by progressively automating facility management services, saving them considerable time and money.

Savings on the property footprint of tertiary offices can reach 25% by improving occupant comfort. Ubiquitous, horizontal, and optimized, the company of the 21st century and its real estate will thus be enriched by embedded computer tools fluidifying the collaborator experience and optimizing the management of working spaces.