New York Times: Corporate America embraces ‘start-up chic’ in new office spaces

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The couches, open-layouts and loft-inspired stylings that have become ubiquitous at start-up tech companies and creative agencies are slowly but surely making their way into corporate America as well.

According to a New York Times story from earlier this week, companies including Deloitte and the biotech company Biogen Idec are among those eschewing private offices and high-walled cubicles in favor of more inormal workspaces that encourage collaboration.

Two key factors are at play, according to the Times’ story: 1.) the influx of Millennials into the workforce, and 2.) an increasingly mobile workforce.

With many employees working remotely several days a week, assigned seats are being replaced by first-come-first-served arrangements that require less space overall, enabling companies to significantly lower their real estate costs.

In fact, according to a CoreNet Global survey of 455 companies North American companies, the average number of square feet per worker has dropped from 225 to 150 over the past three years.

To read the full story, which also includes analysis from JLL workplace strategy expert Bernice Boucher, click here.

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