Office workers see space allocation shrink

31-07-2006

Office employees are getting increasingly less working space as employers try to maximise resources, a new report has found.

The report from property consultancy Knight Frank found that the amount of space allotted to office workers in the south-east had decreased as employers 'sweated' their offices in order to make cost savings.

"Occupiers are utilising space more efficiently and making greater demands on the space they hold," said head of national offices at Knight Frank, Emma Goodford.

Businesses need to think more laterally about how to overcome crowding and make staff more comfortable, claims Richard Wolfe-Damipre of web-based services provider Citrix Online, reports onrec.com.

Companies who do not provide remote access to systems so that workers can access applications and data from anywhere are failing staff, he claimed, as people perform better in a more comfortable working environment.

"There is no need for people to be cramped into sweaty offices when mobile working technology exists, providing them with the same resources they'd have in the office from any internet-connected device," he said.



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