DATE: 11/20/2015

A common misconception about workplace mobility is that it is reserved for those Skyping in their pajamas. But the reality is far from it. The category is actually much more broad than we’ve been led to believe.

Thanks to modern technological innovations such as smartphones, tablets and enterprising apps, we now have more options for professional and personal communication than ever before. No longer do most employees need to be “chained to desks” to do their jobs. Many meetings, collaborations and everyday tasks can now be accomplished away from traditional desktop computers.

In fact, many of today’s employees prefer to knock out routine tasks during their downtime so they can focus on their most critical, “high-thinking” assignments at their desks. This is only one example of many, illustrating the task batching possibilities afforded by modern technology.

Unsurprisingly, such growth has only fostered an increased desire for workplace flexibility, autonomy and freedom. Employers wishing to remain competitive – in a job market that is increasingly advantageous to applicants – would do well to keep this desire in mind by incorporating furniture that favors worker mobility in their San Antonio offices. While implementing remote work options can be a great way to meet your staff’s desire for autonomy, it is by no means the only way. You can also design your office with a variety of workspace options, features and tools that allow employees to move freely throughout the office.

Furniture designers are taking notice of such trends and are manufacturing products that provide more options and increase productivity. Not only should you be providing a variety of private, semi-private and collaborative work areas for autonomy sake, but you should also be doing so for the health of your employees. Scientists are increasingly reporting something not all that surprising –– most people do best with a variety of sitting and standing throughout the work day.

Though it may seem obvious, it’s worth saying: The more workspace options employees have, the more they will be moving around the office throughout the day. Tom Newhouse, principal of Grand Rapids-based Thomas J. Newhouse Design LLC, expounded upon this in a recent article saying “Sitting has been called the new smoking. The assumption is that you’ll gain weight, get fat and die - what an over-statement. But sitting has proven to cause … problems when done for long durations. Humans aren’t meant to do that, but they’re not meant to stand all day, either.”

Clearly, just like any other species, humans prefer the option to move around as they see fit. From where we’re standing, it looks like the office furniture industry will continue to accommodate this desire with more lounge-like options. Sofas, collaborative benching, privacy nooks and reconfigurable furnishings will be seen with increasing frequency over the next several years.

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