Employee habits are changing and businesses need to adapt their working environments or they risk being left behind. More innovative companies have attempted to pre-empt this by creating break out spaces in a bid to keep staff invigorated and boost collaboration.
Ofcom found that per day on average, UK adults spent more time on media devices,
than they did sleeping. In the United States, the average time an adult (18+) spends on electronic media is over 10 hours a day. A significant proportion of this is at the workplace and often that is for long and consecutive periods, meaning that it has greater effect on people. This is why break out spaces are so important. They're a vital way for businesses across the world to help give staff a rest from the glare of their computer screen.
These areas can be described simply as a separate space, away from the normal work arena – a place where staff can do anything from eat their lunch, relax, brainstorm, or hold meetings. Giving people a break from the computer screen also has benefits that some people may overlook, such as helping firms comply with health and safety regulation.
Break out space isn't just a luxury
Firms may be under the impression that such spaces are a luxury, which they cannot afford. However, it is important that the decision makers consider the benefits and positive impact on the office culture and the increase of productivity that comes with it. A business is only as good as its staff and it is of paramount importance to keep employees motivated. Forward-thinking companies were quick to realise the importance of creating break out spaces in the office. Some businesses may see break out spaces as a fad and that ‘agility’ and ‘flexible working’ are just industry buzz words, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Organisations are increasingly seeing the huge benefits these spaces can yield.
One key concern business leaders may have is whether they believe they have sufficient space to create such zones. Office space in strategic cities is extremely expensive. In New York the average, per square foot, equates to $153 and in Hong Kong it is even higher at $255.50. This is why it is essential to assess if real estate is being used efficiently. By embracing technology, decision makers can utilise data to re-arrange their workspace. Having tangible data means that firms can make full use of their office space, which is vital when real estate is so costly. Having this data also allows for businesses to drive change in their workplace, efficiently and effectively.
Many organisations currently employ walk-through surveys to assess the usage of their office. These can add real value, but they do not paint a full picture. However, if decision makers were to combine this with technology, it would give them a holistic view, which would empower them to make business-defining decisions.
Creating well-planned and well-thought out break out spaces can make it easier for staff to work together in a collaborative environment. The connectivity which these areas create also means that a more engaged workforce is created, helping them pull together as a team towards business goals.
Condeco Sense, a market first in sensory technology enables business leaders to access accurate, real-time data on how their workspaces are used. This is a viable solution to making sure that space is effectively used in a way that will benefit employees, resulting in a more productive working environment.