The quintessential 9-5 job is becoming a thing of the past as an emerging workforce, armed with the latest technology, redefines the office of the future.
Gone are the days of 40-year careers set in an office building accented with headache-inducing florescent lights and dingy carpet from the ‘70s. An increasing number of industries are shifting toward a remote workforce, which ushers in a host of benefits, not only for these industries, but the companies and individuals that are the driving forces behind them. In fact, according to OfficeVibe.com, “40% of the workforce will be freelancers, temps, independent contractors and solopreneurs by 2020.” The office of the future is upon us.
The benefits for companies with a remote workforce are many. According to Forbes.com one of the major benefits is diversity. “One of the biggest advantages of having a remote and dispersed team is diversity. When you limit your talent pool to a single geographic area, you tend to limit the diverse aspects that come with having a team from many parts of the country and world… When you mash together the varied innovative ideas that have been brought forth by individuals of different cultures and backgrounds, this tends to lend itself to coming up with great ideas.” The office of the future facilitates diverse perspectives.
Another benefit is access to a much larger pool of talent. Companies who are not tied to a specific geographic location can search out the best candidates to fill each position. Working in tandem with this new workforce, technological advances have made it possible, and more economical, for employers to hire remote workers from across the country, and even, the globe. The office of the future is not limited by proximity.
The remote workforce is made up of individuals in virtually every industry. Working remotely offers a nearly unmatched level of flexibility – from time of day to wardrobe to atmosphere. When working conditions are tailored to each individual’s preferences, productivity can flourish. Flexibility also allows for a more stable work-life balance. Parents can take a break for their kid’s important event at school and easily make up the time when it’s most convenient. The office of the future can look as different as each individual person.
Technology Can’t Solve Everything
While technology has made remote work extremely accessible and practical, there is one major component to productivity that it cannot solve: human connection. “While modern workers increasingly will be drawn to the flexibility of a free agent workstyle, many will find themselves anxious or de-energized by the prospect of spending hours in isolation at a home office. Many people are hardwired with a drive to interact with others… Advances in technology and workplace trends will always run up against our immutable human nature,” says Matt Poepsel, VP of Product Management at The Predictive Index for Future of Everything.
In the past, workplaces have been known for harsh competition, each employee vying for limited promotions. Home to the proverbial “corporate ladder.”
“A research study that was performed at Michigan’s Ross School of Business interviewed over 200 people who work in coworking spaces across the globe. What was uncovered in the research study is that people prefer the feeling of being around others without necessarily working with them. People don’t like to work by themselves with no one around, nor do they like to work in a formal office setting. The study also uncovered that people love to be themselves without feeling as though they are competing with everyone around them,” according to Erez Cohen for Influencive.com.
The office of the future is trademarked by collaboration rather than competition.
Office of the Future
So where can someone find this seemingly utopian office of the future? Paragon at 511 in the Huntsville area and other coworking and virtual office spaces across the country and globe solve the need for human connection while providing all of the flexibility anyone in the remote workforce could want. Coworking spaces offer a wide variety of office spaces and meeting rooms, while a virtual office creates the feel of an established business, complete with mailing address and reception services.
“Coworking spaces will continue to increase in popularity not only because of economic and technological reasons but also due to innate sociological and psychological factors,” says Poepsel.
Coworking Works for Companies
The office of the future is economical and comes fully equipped with the amenities you need to bring a remote workforce together. Whether it’s through video conferencing, client meetings or quarterly face-to-face conferences, Paragon at 511 can meet your needs with it’s premier decorator furnished executive offices and world-class business environment.
“Coworking spaces allow entrepreneurs and their teams to sign short-term leases, begin working without worrying about owning any office furniture and equipment, use only the space they need, attract a new type of talent pool, and surround themselves with other like-minded entrepreneurs. In addition, a company renting this space is no longer defined by the stigma of 9 to 5,” says Cohen.
Coworking Works for Individuals
Paragon at 511 has something for everyone. Whether you are a solopreneur looking to make a big impression with a Paragon Identity Virtual Office or a freelancer who gets creative energy from bouncing ideas off of other people, there is a place for you at Paragon at 511.
A Vision for The Office of the Future
Paragon at 511 founder, Rick Lynch, says, “My vision for Paragon was to create a luxurious, fully-supported office environment for successful businesses that didn’t want to incur the permanent overhead of additional staff, office leasing, furniture, conference capabilities, and IT support…I’m proud of what we did and the project we’ve brought to market. I don’t think you’ll find anything like this anywhere in Alabama.”