The increased adoption of agile working is making the number of people occupying offices on any given day less predictable. With changes in working patterns desk occupancy is not necessarily a particularly useful indicator of how many people are in a building at any point in time. How this will affect the construction of the "office of the future" remains to be seen.
Office desk density continues to rise By Alexander Peace22/02/2018 | OfficesPrintDownloadShare The average density of UK offices has continued to increase by a further 0.3 sq m to 9.6 sq m, though the rate shows signs of slowing. The third instalment of the BCO Office Occupancy report covered a sample size of 6,6403,320 sq ft across 84 occupiers and 314 individual floors. The report said density was showing signs of reaching its limit, owing to the need for flexible desk space, common areas and the evolution of office space. The report found office workers were demanding greater choice and flexibility in their workstyles, while employers were seeking to enhance workplace productivity and wellbeing.