As the trend of working from home becomes increasingly popular in the younger workforce generations, we start to wonder what the physical working spaces will look like in the near future. We’ve already come to acknowledge that Gen Z enjoys open spaces in their workplace and even in their homes. What will be the limit of “open workspaces?” How many walls can possibly be removed until there aren’t any walls remaining?
As Gen Z transitions into executive management positions, this will likely propel more companies to bulldoze traditional cubicles and create room for more collaboration spaces. This will be very evident in the tech industry, as the needs of employees move to be more unrestricted and creative. An extreme vision may even see the private real estate sector exceed the value of commercial real estate one day. Companies will need to adapt and be flexible to this ever-evolving shift in order to retain quality talent. Not only has this young working generation shifted the average time one stays within an organization, but now they are shifting how one works at a given company.
This begs one question: what else will Gen Z change?
there is a tendency to focus on technology, sustainability, globalisation, and reducing real estate costs, which risks overlooking that buildings are designed for people. As such, the question of what the workplace of the future will look like becomes moot: what will the future workforce or individual worker look like is the more pertinent question. The requirements of Generation Z will be critical to this question, and many find common workplace formats chaotic. Businesses will need to be responsive.