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Since the 1990s, the average Norwegian workplace has shrunk by almost half, from around 30 m2 per employee to just 17 m2. Office spaces for businesses are steadily shrinking, as exemplified by property sharing among larger companies located in buildings where there is under capacity because many employees partially work from home or from other locations. Increasing amounts of people are spending more of their working time away from their main office.

Just as the size of offices is changing, there is also rapid development when it comes to individual workers. According to a 2013 study, office workers’ productivity is expected to increase by 22% by 2030 thanks to mobile work platforms.

New technology is the reason for the reduction in physical office space and the increase in productivity. Office premises are getting smaller but continue to represent an important meeting place for businesses that value collaboration and a physical venue for sharing of knowledge, information and social contact.

Customer expectations
As landlords, property managers must handle change and new solutions, while satisfying tenants’ needs in terms of flexibility. One clear expectation is that tenants should be able to interact with landlords in a digital and user-friendly way.

Driving an old car that always needs something fixed is a costly and frustrating business. Similarly, it is demanding to operate outdated business systems with complicated integrations for support systems.

Customers expect mobile access, up-to-date information and scalability for their agreements.

This is probably why more property managers are challenged to upgrade their business systems into more user-friendly, seamless and comprehensive platform. When it comes to dedicated business systems, the property sector cannot claim to have been an “early mover”…

Close the gap
The pace is fast, and the demands of the market are increasing. Property managers need to invest in order to close the gap between their own technological solutions and what their tenants expect – in order to be able to keep up with the needs of their productive, semi-nomadic staff.


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