Mike Volitich on Why The Brick and Mortar Office is on Its Way Out
In just about any city that you visit in the world you will see high rise structures which are packed to the rafters with offices for all kinds of companies. In fact offices have been dominating skylines for many years now, but could they structures soon be used for something different altogether? My buddy Mike Volitich works as a digital nomad and it is his belief that since the dawn of the internet age, these physical structures are on borrowed time, and here is why we may soon see an end to brick and mortar offices.
We no longer need to be in the same room with others when we have meetings, nor do we need to be in the same office as our boss to receive instructions. In fact thanks to services such as Skype, Whatsapp plus all of the software options that businesses have for project management, we really don’t need to physically spend time with anyone in our office at all. This is something which is already taking place and many workers will have a day or two working home office per week. The more and more that businesses realize the power of communication and how much we can achieve when we do so digitally, the less we will see people in offices.
Consider how much money an office costs a business, there is rent to pay, property taxes, lighting, water, gas, cleaning, furniture and many more costs of running the office. Now imagine that all employees were allowed to work from home, even if the business footed the cost of the equipment for their staff and their wifi bills, this would pale in comparison to how much they are spending on the running of a physical office. Companies are constantly on the lookout for ways in which they can trim costs, and given the fact that removing the office would save a huge amount, it won’t be long before more companies decide that the brick and mortar office will be sacrificed in favor of home office for the staff.
With so many people working online these days we have seen a large number of co-working spaces pop up in cities throughout the world. Businesses will be able to utilize these spaces when they want to meet people in person, be it with clients or with their own staff. The cost of using these co-working spaces will be far lower and far less frequent than when using the office, which is extremely endearing to any business owner. Human contact is still required from time to time but rather than investing in a huge office simply for this reason, a co-working space will be used on a pay-as-you-go basis, saving the business a huge amount of money.
What do you think, is the office dying out?