According to Core Net, the average allocation of office space is expected to fall below 100 square feet in the next 5 years for North American workers. In Europe this is a trend that is already well underway.
In 2010 the average workspace allocated to a worker in North America was 225 square feet, in 2012 it is 176 square feet and in the next 5 years it is projected to fall below 100 square feet.
What’s behind the shrinking cubicle? The truth is a few things.
- Increased collaborative and team oriented space
- Increased use of open floor plans and office hoteling programs
- An increase in the practice of telecommuting
- Desire to Reduce Real Estate Overhead
At the same time, while the average workspace environment is shrinking, the average worker is expanding. Obesity is becoming an epidemic, literally.
It is a parallel trend – which is to say the observation that we have become and increasingly sedentary society and that prolonged static seating seating is not good for you.
Does this spell the death of the conventional office chair? Large 5 star base? Big bulky or mesh backrest? Probably not, but it does signal a paradigm shift and change is underway to workplaces that are smarter, more efficient, and dare we say more healthy to the average American worker.
Varier Furniture makes seating that is ideally suited to this evolving American workspace. The Move stool, with a footprint of a mere 15 inches is the ideal companion to a sit to stand work desk.
The Variable balans is so compact - it can tuck completely under a standard desk when not in use.
The Peel Club is the ideal EZ meeting chair, perfect for any collaborative environment. Its unique organic shape is ideally suited to this function.
The new Active, familiar yet distinct could become the most most popular office chair ever created.
Varier furniture has always been a pioneer in the challenge to conventional thinking about seating.More than just smaller profiles, Varier seating incorporates movement – which is now being understood to be an essential missing component of the workday.
If you are charged with the task of creating a new more efficient, or more healthy workspace environment for your company or organization, explore the innovative solutions offered by Varier.
A change is underway – is YOUR workplace ready?