The workplace is changing—and, as new generations of employees bring their own ideas about productivity and collaboration, physical work areas need to adapt accordingly. This poses unique challenges and opportunities for businesses that hire younger workforces. In a new statement to the press, Kuester CRE details some of the most important concepts in cutting-edge workspace design.
“Today’s employees have different needs and priorities than previous generations, and physical workspaces need to reflect that,” comments Shaw Kuester, President of Kuester CRE. “This means working with your commercial real estate development company to ensure a space that reflects contemporary preferences.”
One key factor to consider is flexibility. “Younger workers tend to put in long hours, and they like having the ability to set up their various projects in different places around the office,” says Kuester. “So, the traditional cubicle layout, which can be very restrictive, is out.” He encourages companies to consider open areas that allow for easy collaboration and for informal meetings.
Another consideration is wellness. “You may not be able to put an Olympic-sized pool or a private workout area in your office, but you can ensure there is plenty of natural light,” Kuester says. “This is an important way to prioritize employee health and wellbeing.”
Still another key concept for younger workers is collaboration. “Today’s corporate cultures tend to promote teamwork, but that doesn’t mean anything if there isn’t sufficient space for teams to actually gather,” Kuester notes. “As you design a workspace, consider the needs of working together. Create areas open enough for people to gather but closed-off enough that these meetings won’t be disruptive to others in the office.”
These concerns may seem difficult to balance—but that’s where the expertise of a commercial real estate development company becomes invaluable.
“As you think about the best possible layout for your office building, make sure you’re consulting with an expert development team,” Kuester urges.
Kuester CRE serves clients throughout the Carolinas. For additional information about Kuester CRE and its services in commercial real estate development, brokerage, and management, visit www.kuestercommercial.com.
Kuester CRE boasts more than 45 years of experience in commercial real estate, plus a reputation of trust and integrity throughout the Carolinas. The company focuses on brokering and leasing retail, office, medical, land, and flex property, as well as managing commercial buildings, apartments, and student housing. Kuester CRE delivers customized solutions for landlords, tenants, and investors at every stage of the commercial real estate process. With the unique ability to cover the Western Carolinas, Piedmont, and Eastern Carolinas, Kuester offers the responsiveness of a local presence with the resources of a larger regional firm.
To learn more about Kuester CRE, visit www.kuestercommercial.com.