This post co-authored by Ryan Kurlbaum, Matthew Pierce, and Derek Johnson.
A recent Gallup poll states that 43% of Americans spend time working remotely. Further research has revealed remote work can increase productivity, efficiency, and employee morale – and companies are starting to take notice.
New opportunities for remote work provide flexibility, variety, and choice. Within this paradigm shift, Perkins+Will has made a commitment to reliable and fast VPN infrastructure that allows its employees to re-think how and where they work. Whether at home or working remotely, contemporary professionals are seeking vibrant, naturally lit, and inviting spaces to conduct their daily operations. Warm materials, WiFi, and comfortable seating create a new place to focus, think, and collaborate.
The Exchange at 100 Federal (which opened February 26th) is mindful of this movement. The graceful and sophisticated glass and steel structure encloses a new form of public space in Boston’s financial district. The building is not simply an addition to an iconic urban tower, but is now becoming a destination for remote work. The building enables occupants the feeling of working outside – without your papers blowing away. Long wooden community tables become social condensers for writing e-mails, talking conference calls, or bumping into a colleague. A linear granite planter along the rising structure becomes a place for informal gathering or individual retreat. The Exchange recognizes the everyday work experience and constructs an urban stage for these events to happen – with views to Post Office Square.
The contemporary workplace is becoming more remote and our clients are paying attention. Developers and property managers leverage remote office space as a building amenity and attract high-profile tenants. Conference calls have a place to become in-person meetings, chance encounters turn into networking opportunities, and workplace distractions dwindle as you sit along the curtain wall. It is clear that urban professionals will continue to seek opportunities for remote work. People will find places - like the Exchange – to work, eat, gather, and socialize. Simply put, diverse work environments are necessary for the diverse individuals who work there.
So come by, grab a coffee, and sit and work - remotely.