Teknion workplace of the future survey reveals technology and workplace trends

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Teknion workplace of the future survey reveals technology and workplace trends

TORONTO, Dec. 19, 2011, 2011 (Canada NewsWire via COMTEX) —
Technology deemed the single largest factor fueling change in the
workplace today
Teknion Corporation today
announced the results of its Workplace of the Future Survey.

“The workplace of today – and the future – is changing dramatically,
driven by advances in technology, a shift in work patterns and a
greater desire for work-life balance and living sustainably,” said Kay
Sargent, Teknion Vice President of Architecture, Design and Workplace
Strategies. “The survey provides us with valuable insight into the
concerns and challenges that are facing our clients. The data will
enable us to better design workplaces that anticipate and address
future needs.”
Survey findings indicate that, by 2015, workplace utilization is
expected to increase from levels between 35% and 50% today to 85%, as
the desk-to-employee ratio is addressed and space is reapportioned.

Strategies that companies are employing to accomplish increased space
utilization include:

— 77% – Open, collaborative workspaces with fewer offices
— 62% – Densification of workspaces
— 54% – Reduce square footage footprint through disposition
— 46% – More employees working remotely, from home, satellite or
client sites
— 31% – Mobile working programs including desk-sharing, hoteling
or coworking spaces

“One surprise is that 77% of respondents are employing more open,
collaborative workspaces with less private offices in an effort to
reduce their overall space,” Sargent said. “This is a huge
misconception. Companies rarely achieve a decrease in their overall
square footage requirements solely by shifting from private offices to
open, shared space. The overall square footage usually stays about the
same because of the increase in collaborative or meeting areas. Open,
collaborative spaces simply provide more options.”
The survey also revealed that 78% of the companies polled have less than
10% of their employees working from home more than one day a week, but
expect that to grow by 2015.

“To achieve space reduction, companies are looking to reduce the
traditional model of providing every employee with a dedicated
workplace. Today, an office with 100 employees might only require desks
for 80 due to mobile work programs and desk sharing. However, companies
with limited mobility programs, such as allowing staff to work from
home one day a week, rarely impact overall square footage because most
staff still have a dedicated workspace. Unless employees are out of the
office two or more days a week and give up an assigned desk, real
estate is usually not affected.”
The survey also revealed the most important strategies used to attract
the new generation of knowledge workers. “The number one draw according
to 41% of respondents is access to flexible workplace options. Another
39% indicated that having the most leading-edge technology was the key.

The shift from technology as the main consideration may result from
people today being less dependent on the technology supplied by their
offices as they often have better devices than those provided by their
employer. Today we’re becoming a BYOT, or bring your own technology
society, and companies are working to support the devices their
employees are selecting.”
Of the companies surveyed, 89% reported that they plan to increase their
investment in productivity-enabling technologies such as
voice-activation technologies and sophisticated video conferencing by
2015 beyond current spending levels. Although cloud computing is a
strategy 46% of companies are currently employing, 88% of the companies
that aren’t using cloud computing said they were unsure about its
future application or use.

“Today, the only thing we know will be constant is change,” Sargent
concluded. “It’s inevitable so we need to embrace it. Change today is
being driven by demographic shifts, economic volatility, the pursuit of
sustainability – both for our buildings and for ourselves. But
technology is the single largest factor fueling change in the workplace
today, so understanding it is essential.”
The survey was administered by Teknion to leading U.S. companies in
collaboration with CoreNet Global, Jones Lang LaSalle and Cisco. Survey
results were presented at the recent Fall 2011 CoreNet Global Summit in

Teknion Corporation is a leading international designer, manufacturer
and marketer of office systems and related office furniture products.

Teknion headquarters are located in Toronto, Ontario. The company has
offices and facilities in Canada, the United States, the United
Kingdom, India, Russia and Malaysia, and serves clients through a
network of authorized dealers worldwide. Visit Teknion at www.teknion.com.

Image with caption: “The workplace of today and tomorrow is being shaped by advances in technology and shifting work patterns, according to the results of a new survey conducted by Canadian office furniture designer and manufacturer Teknion. Workplace utilization is expected to increase with more open, collaborative workspaces, fewer private offices and a densification of space. (CNW Group/Teknion Roy Breton) (CNW Group/Teknion Corporation)”. Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20111219_C7975_PHOTO_EN_8409.jpg

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SOURCE: Teknion Corporation
For more information in Canada: For more information in the U.S.: Mark
Harris Manager, Media Relations Teknion Corporation 416.661.1577, Ext. 2258
mark.harris@teknion.com Mary Ellen Magee Director, Marketing Communications
Teknion LLC 877.TEKNION maryellen.magee@teknion.com

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