but also to more effectively characterize and address “demand”.
The most successful programs are holistic – not only motivated by potential real estate efficiency, but also creating closer alignment to all the goals and objectives and culture of the organization, effective worker performance, and future adaptability.
Mobility is a journey, not a destination. Programs go through three phases: start-
Chances are really good that most organizations have workers working in non-
Some organizations rely on volunteers, while others select the worker types they feel could/should work in this way. IT support is needed to enable secure remote connectivity. HR is often engaged to develop agreements outlining mutual expectations and performance management conditions.
External mobility implies that workers are provisioned to work in any location they chose – home, public spaces like a Starbucks or a hotel lobby, or coworking facilities. They may or may not still have an assigned seat back at the office; if not, then touchdown spaces are needed to give them a place to work when they do come in.
Internal mobility describes the approach of enabling movement within the office –
so that workers can quickly and easily move to a variety of spaces depending on the
work being performed. For example, an engineer can take his laptop into his team’s
project room to collaborate on their next presentation to senior leadership; or move
to the café during off-
Many organizations are moving away from hierarchy or status as the basis for space
allocation to work-
About Jan Johnson
Jan Johnson, FIIDA, leads Allsteel's Workplace Adivsory team and the development
and delivery of content and tools that support clients and design organizations as
they plan, design and manage work environments. Jan has both a degree in Interior
Design and a Master's in Business Administration. She co-
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MOBILITY – the ability to choose to be productive in spaces and places other than one’s desk based on what will best suit the task to be performed – is an opportunity to address several organizational goals:
Mobility is largely a response to both increasing pressures to reduce costs and shifts
in the make-
That said, just because we can (work anytime, anywhere) doesn’t mean we should (exclusively).
There are still many compelling reasons for ‘the office.’ One only has to realize
the power of face-
Mobility is also one of those terms that have become a catch-
To help bring some clarity to all these terms and their particular form, we describe three basic forms of mobility – each with benefits, costs and implementation challenges:
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