Utilization of commercial floor space changing

Tech startups are now using new floor space design.

It's a different world for startup companies. Work spaces are no longer about individual cubicles, rather trending to a more open layout where people can gather.

"People are realizing that more and more work is being done through groups and teams as opposed to individual work," Rex Miller, senior partner at TAG Consulting, told The New York Times. "There's a recognition that it's easier to work together in a more open environment where there aren't barrier and walls."

The New York Times reported that a casual working space is in vogue right now, even in corporate America. Small and large companies alike are transitioning to a new way of thinking by shrinking their office footprint, which saves them money by reducing the number of work spaces.

"As mobility has increased, given technological advancement and other factors at play, that touch-point when people come back to the office is very important," Katherine Loscalzo, Deloitte's workplace strategy leader in real estate, told The New York Times.

Some companies are even studying the science of a seating chart, attempting to rotate the office seating for individual employees and entire divisions, according to The Wall Street Journal. 

"If I change the [organizational] chart and you stay in the same seat, it doesn't have very much of an effect," Ben Waber, CEO of Sociometric Solutions, told The Wall Street Journal. His company uses sensors to analyze communication patterns in the workplace. "If I keep the org chart the same but change where you sit, it is going to massively change everything."

Commercial real estate mangers are responding
The change in the corporate office structure has had a trickle down effect, with commercial real estate managers recognizing they can make better use of their space. Loscalzo said that only 30 percent of employees come into the office on any given day.

"We're finding that we have a lot of underutilized space," Loscalzo said. "You're going to see a lot more activity within that smaller footprint."

Tom Polucci, the director of interior design at architecture firm HOK, said the key concept is that no employee has a set space. Letting employees work in a common area can save a company money.

Bernice Boucher, head of workplace strategy at Jones Lang LaSalle, told the New York Times that a company cutting 100 square feet per worker can lower its real estate costs by 10 to 20 percent.

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