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Employers are continuing to reduce individual workspaces to allow for more collaborative and offsite arrangements, leading to communication issues for HR leaders.

So say workspace experts, including Peter Miscovich, New York-based managing director of corporate solutions at global real-estate-services firm Jones Lang LaSalle, who estimates the average space allocated per employee will drop from 200 square feet to 100 square feet – if not 50 square feet, by 2015.

He also says workspace utilization will jump to about 85 percent by that time, compared to the current rates of 35 to 50 percent.

The lowered thresholds, Miscovich says, are a result of a convergence between the use of emerging technologies such as smart phones and iPads, generational work-behavior changes, corporate efficiency objectives and the digitalization of work processes such as cloud computing, which lessen reliance on onsite corporate networks or paper documents.

«Enterprise mobility is becoming the new normal,» he says. «In the 1980s, people had to go to the office because their phone and computer were there. But today, people are now untethered to the office through enterprise mobility solutions and, as a result, data and communication through telephony can come to them.»