The past year, has seen a plethora of disruptors which are influencing the world of commerce, the property market included. These trends are bringing about major changes to the way business was carried out in the past. Many of these trends are technology-based, and particularly affect communications and finance. “The green revolution is exercising a sizeable impact on the property market, as is the need for the office environment to provide a more favourable work experience for employees,” says Leon Breytenbach, National Manager of the Rawson Property Group’s commercial division.
Present-day employees require more from their workplace than merely a desk and a job. The environment should encourage productivity while also promoting health and well-being. The layout and décor of the office are important in this regard, and there should be a place for staff to take an occasional break. “Different areas should inspire different categories of work; for example, open-plan spaces for creative team needs or secluded areas to allow individuals peace for greater concentration,” Breytenbach explains. Glass dividers allow employees to feel connected to their colleagues while still being able to focus on the job without disturbance from surrounding noise. Lighting and air supply are equally essential, while pictures and plants help to improve air quality and ambiance.
The coworking revolution
Many businesses permit their workforce to work remotely, be it from home or in a coffee shop, rather than being in the office all day. This has resulted in a more informal