Future workplace in India will provide 7.12 desks for every 10 office workers, says Citrix

Infotech Lead India: Office space in Indian enterprises is set to shrink by 2020. The future workplace in India will provide seven (7.12) desks for every ten office workers, with each person accessing the corporate IT network from an average of six different computing devices, according to a Citrix study.

According to the Citrix Workplace of the Future report, India has emerged as one of the leaders to adopt mobile workstyles amongst other surveyed countries.

Citrix said by 2020 global organizations are set to reduce office space by 17 percent.

The future workplace will provide seven desks for every ten office workers, with each person accessing the corporate IT network from an average of six different computing devices.

The figure for 2020 is as low as six desks for every ten workers in Singapore, the Netherlands, the USA and the UK. Some of the highest desk to worker ratios in 2020 will be in Japan (8.77), South Korea (7.95) and Germany (7.90) and India (7.12).

Almost every organization will redesign office space to be more appealing. The workplace of the future will foster creativity, be inspiring and encourage collaboration by enabling people to work from wherever, whenever and on whatever device so that work becomes something people do, not a place people go.

29 percent will no longer work from their traditional office. Instead employees will base themselves from various semi-permanent locations including the home (64 percent), field and project sites (60 percent), and customer or partner premises (50 percent). People are also expected to access corporate applications, data and services while mobile from locations such as hotels, airports, coffee shops and while in transit.

Globally, a quarter of organizations has already fully adopted mobile workstyles. By the middle of 2014, 83 percent of organizations will have embraced mobile workstyles.

“Organizations are encouraging people to operate outside of the traditional workplace on their own personal devices to improve the bottom line – by making the organization more responsive, improving productivity and reducing the cost of real estate and device management,” said Mick Hollison, vice president, integrated marketing and strategy Citrix.

“At the same time, organizations are investing in the space they have to create enticing workplaces that foster collaboration, innovation and creativity. The result is a stronger organization, with high caliber people performing at their best. The technology to enable the workplace of the future is already available and proven, and plans for workplace redesign can easily be put in place. The real winners will be those that get the people management and culture right, to empower the workforce of the future,” Hollison added.

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