Everywhere you turn, people are having conversations about the changing workplace and what layouts work best. But before you start thinking that all office walls will disappear and we won't have typical desks to sit at, take a step back. The future of work should and will cater to all employees' needs. It's a matter of taking the right approach and encompassing key principles that enable productivity.
There are some office trends that will accommodate the changing workforce and help employees' productivity, including:
- Reclaiming urban space. With mobile technology allowing us to do work anytime, anywhere, it's important to capitalize on vacant building spaces in cities to provide workplaces for businesses, traveling workers and anyone in need of a productive work environment.
- Re-imagining office furniture. As the workforce changes, we need to rethink the way furniture is designed to facilitate mobile, pop-up workstations with self-sufficient, self-powering capabilities and interactive technology interfaces.
- Employee-centric design. Employees should have the opportunity to work in an environment that's optimal for their productivity. This will involve creating all-inclusive workplace environments that consider comfort, sustainability and health of employees.
- Hyper-collaboration. Encouraging collaboration in the work place will include workspace layouts beyond conventional collaborative models to focus on interdisciplinary, multi-company and multifunctional arrangements: this will take co-working to the next level.
The key theme looping these concepts together is that they keep employee needs and productivity at their core. It's a matter of being in constant communication with employees to understand their needs, to ensure they're the most productive and healthy they can be.
What elements of the workplace of the future are you most looking forward to and why?