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Since Francis Duffy first published “The New Office” over 20 years ago, companies have reexamined their workplaces in light of the new technology that has increasingly freed work from always being at a specific place and time. As a result, the new workforce is demanding more from what their employer provides in terms of facilities.

Now with the average lifespan of a company significantly dropping, to remain relevant companies need to be increasingly agile and able to adapt as quickly as markets get disrupted. This has led to more flexible occupancies in terms of both leases and their physical assets. Given the headache this can pose for facilities managers, outsourcing office space offers an attractive solution. One CBRE study estimates that 65 percent of American companies plan to incorporate coworking by 2020. Some will design for corporate offices in Jakartado it within their own walls and some off-site, managed by others.

Indonesia has not been immune to these global changes and the ever-evolving requirements for workspace. Activity based work and coworking spaces have changed the conventional office rental model, but how may this apply to your organization? Depending on the nature of your business it could be the right solution in whole or in part. Companies here must ask two important questions: First, with all the alternative solutions available, what is right solution for your brand? Second how can your work environment help attract and retain talent? By strategically accessing the needs of your business, a reallocation of Architecture firrm Jakartaassets both hard and soft, can allow a reduction of costs while at the same time encouraging communication, synergy and innovation.

According to Forbes, by 2020, 50% of the workforce will be remote, project based or freelance. Design of these new or renovated spaces becomes an important factor in inspiring a supportive workforce, promoting a corporate culture and reinforcing the company brand. To retain employees the workplace needs to offer choice suited to both lifestyle and expectations of the staff.

As one now is able to choose when and where to work the environment becomes a catalyst for productivity and a conduit for interaction. This new more dynamic workspace should cater to a variety of requirements, more than just desks and chairs the office becomes both lounge and meeting place, a place not only to work but to eJakarta architectsxercise, relax and entertain. Flexibility and mutability is the key however effort must be made to pay attention to the culture it addresses and promotes. Here in Indonesia special consideration should be paid to the employee’s sense of community for a facility to be successful.

While the millennial workforce tends to change jobs every 3 years, they can become more committed if the workplace is both nurturing, rewarding and combined with a sense of place. To design and address all these ideals can be very elusive however with research, change management can result in a compelling space that effectively meets the developing needs of your business and can serve as a platform for future change.

Consequently, change management has become the most important aspect of a business. A dynamic design is useless if it doesn’t address a business’ needs. Assessing and evaluating a company’s goals, assets and workforce requires an open partnership between management, the stakeholders, I.T., and the design team to ensure user engagement for an effective and appropriate change in facilities.

Jakarta design consultancyFor over 25 years CDA has been involved in some of the most innovative workplace transformations in Indonesia. We would be happy to share some of these team’s successes with you and demonstrate how we may help in your next business adventure. Please feel free to contact us at [email protected].

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© Rick McBride, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP

CDA is an experienced professional design consultancy operating in Indonesia since 1993. We offer a full range of services. Please contact us through our website at or call (+62-21) 7280-1308 to ensure your next move is a successful one.

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