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Workspaces Are Shifting To Community- Style Work Environment: Stefan Gheorghiu Milicin, Head of Real Estate, GFK

We have witnessed an increasing number of companies focusing on closed offices and the usage of private spaces more and more

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Over the past 10 years or so, the trends in real estate premises have been dramatically changing, so much so that 10- 15 years ago, we have witnessed an increasing number of companies focusing on closed offices and the usage of private spaces more and more. 

Keeping this growing relevance of workplace culture in mind, the first of its kind conclave on workplaces called The Workplace Trends Conclave is all set to be hosted on 15th November at Hyatt Regency, Delhi.

Stefan Gheorghiu Milicin, Head of Real Estate, GFK said, "Over the last 10 to 15 years, we have shifted towards open space planning, more meeting rooms, and open areas, entertainment areas rather than trying to shift the attention from the individual worker to a more community-style work environment. The idea when you start to create this type of open space environment, you also start to severely optimize the office space required for company usage. I have seen over the last seven years in my global role, the need for optimization of office space, but that doesn't necessarily mean the reduction of office space, but optimization."

These workspace trends have affected different parts of the world differently. Stefan added, "You look at some countries depending on the culture which were more accepting of the change that has occurred over the last 10 to 15 years. This idea first developed in countries like the US, Canada, Australia, Britain, and then eventually developed into a worldwide trend. But countries like Italy, Germany were not embracing this open environment culture due to the mentality in the workplace. However, this has also changed and it is changing every single year. We see more and more countries adapt to this new way of thinking. India is one of the countries that has adapted the easiest because all of the large corporations have offices here." 

However, Stefan doesn't believe India can be a trendsetter in workspace designs. He added, "I find it honestly very hard to believe that India has the possibility to be a global trendsetter in terms of workplace environment because these changes usually come from countries like the US, Canada, Australia, and Britain. Those are the trendsetters in workplace management from a global perspective, but of course, you will see influences coming from India and China." 




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