The office of the future is shrinking: Citrix Systems

The office of the future is shrinking: Citrix Systems

Claims office space will decrease by a fifth by 2020

By 2020, organisations will reduce office space by at least 15 per cent, according to mobile and Cloud technology vendor, Citrix Systems.

It conducted a new study, the Citrix Workplace of the Future report, for which it polled 1900 senior IT decision-makers across 19 countries in Europe, the Americas and Asia-Pacific.

The findings revealed the office of the future is shrinking, with Australian offices expected to provide less than seven desks for every 10 office workers in 2020 – a workspace reduction of almost 15 per cent. And each person is expected to access the corporate IT network from an average of six different computing devices.

According to the company, the widespread consumer adoption of computing technologies such as smartphones, laptops and tablets in the workplace and the ability to access corporate applications, data and services from outside the traditional office is lending itself to fewer office based employees.

The study showed Australia is a leader in mobile workstyles, with 37 per cent of organisations, as compared to 24 per cent globally, having already fully adopted mobile workstyles.

By the middle of 2014, 86 per cent of Australian organisations are planning to have embraced mobile workstyles.

“Organisations are encouraging people to operate outside of the traditional workplace on their own personal devices to improve the bottom line – by making the organisation more responsive, improving productivity and reducing the cost of real estate and device management,” Citrix Systems integrated marketing and strategy vice-president, Mick Hollison, said.

Australia is also leading Asia-Pacific and the global average when it comes to the technical capability to support mobile workstyles for the entire organisation (72 per cent for Australia, 57 per cent average in Asia-Pacific and 61 per cent global average).

Respondents said the biggest benefit that Australian organisations are seeing from implementing mobile workstyles is a more agile, flexible workplace (81 per cent), with exactly half of organisations citing reductions in the cost of real estate as a key benefit.

“The technology to enable the workplace of the future is already available and proven, and plans for workplace redesign can easily be put in place. The real winners will be those that get the people management and culture right, to empower the workforce of the future,” Hollison said.

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