The Rise of the Urban, Metro-Accessible Office: Accommodating the Shift in Work Styles – Part 3: The New Office: Providing a Better Alternative to Traditional Office Parks
August 17, 2015
The urban, metro-accessible office marks a new era in the office market. Suburban office parks, mostly built in the 70s, 80s, and 90s, are clearly becoming a thing of the past. Companies are moving away from these outdated business complexes in the suburbs and relocating to the cities for a variety of reasons, including the chance to attract skilled young professionals who prefer urban amenities.
The Appeal of Walkable Urbanism
Walkable urbanism is important to today’s much younger workforce, and metro-accessible offices are at the heart of it. More and more companies are choosing the walkable, urban office environment over the drivable, suburban atmosphere.
What’s so special about a walkable urbanism? Quite a lot. For one, walkable urban places offer easy access to restaurants, apartments and shopping. Cities are transit-oriented, which provides better mobility for commuter employees. This is hardly the case when working in the suburbs, where office workers have to be dependent on driving, as office parks are traditionally not near Metro stations.
There’s a Noticeable Shift in How People Work
If you take a look at the bigger picture, you will see that the corporate world is now dominated by younger professionals. These same people are driving this shift in work styles, and they are looking to engage with the world – not work in isolation.
Today’s office workers are now looking for a sense of community. They also do not want to spend too much, nor occupy space that they do not need. As a result, companies are offering strategically placed offices that allow tenants to gain access to just about anything. Work options are also widening, as telecommuting and hot-desking are introduced to startups and small to medium enterprises in an effort to maximize the use of office spaces in the cities.
Now if we are to learn something from this phenomenon, it is that there is no one-size-fits-all solution to workspaces. However, these urban, metro-accessible offices are offering a very attractive and sensible solution for companies who want to increase their profit and expand their business. There is just no way corporations would choose to remain with suburban office parks when they are presented with a much more sustainable and employee-friendly office plan in urban areas.