In the past, businesses that decided to implement an open-floor plan called it such. Nowadays, the concept of an open-floor plan is being readjusted to be a “smart” commercial space, one that uses social spaces, unassigned desks and soundproof glass offices, Comstock Magazine explained.

The shift toward a less traditional office began with startups. Since these emerging organizations had less resources to work with, they were forced to make the most of their lease and workers. After 10 to 15 years of these adjustments, Fortune 500 businesses are making the switch.

“Everyone has had to do more with less, and we decided that if we were going to talk the talk, we had to walk the walk,” Cushman and Wakefield Managing Director Ron Thomas told the news source.

In Thomas’ situation, it became more clear that realtors were spending less of their time at their desks. On average, 65 percent of real estate offices consist of private offices. Nowadays, realtors are completing day-to-day tasks outside of work, so after 25 years of the same floor plan, Cushman and Wakefield decided to make a change.

There are many benefits to an organization opting for a “smart” office. Here are the three most common reasons that both the Portland Press Herald and Comstock came up with. It is likely that other business owners share at least one or more of these sentiments.

1. Saying goodbye to the corner office

For many years, employees were able to identify who was the CEO was, or at least where their office was. If the desk was in its own office space, it was fair to assume that the head of the company was in that space. However, companies are trying to create a workplace that better supports day-to-day tasks, which means the corner office is no longer necessary, Liz Salamone, architecture and design account manager at Creative Office Pavilion, added.

“The space [you work in] used to reflect your status,” Salamone said. “Now it reflects what you do.”

2. Lowering real estate costs

This is typically the most common reason why an organization decides to reorganize the office. Research has shown that 35 percent of employees complete tasks at their desk, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t working in the office.

Steve Guest, principal at RMV Architecture and Interiors has to explain this to his clients on a regular basis. Smart office design does lower the amount of square foot an average employee has, but that doesn’t reflect “how their efficiency will go up” or “how their business strategies have evolved.”

3. Workers can choose to go mobile

Spending 40 hours per week at a static computer is not a prevalent as it once was. Smartphones, tablets and laptops have made it easier for staff members to move from one section of the office to another. Antonia Cardone of DTZ recommends taking advantage of these innovations, so “we don’t have to sit in a box with heat pumped into it all day long.”

How Quality Office Liquidations can help make this happen

When businesses decide to roll out a smart office, many of these experts noted that the priority shouldn’t be so focused on downsizing the leased space. Often times, it turns out that companies will end up staying in the same office space because executives found a way to use all the square footage.

Additional quality office furniture pieces have filled up the areas that were once partitions or movable walls. Guest believes that investing in furnishings will create an attractive workplace and “retain top performers.” However, businesses don’t have to purchase brand new pieces to accomplish these goals. In fact, there is a Bay Area used office furniture liquidator that can help guide executives through this transition.