Glenn Roby -
October 15, 2015
5 Key Issues that Will Impact Your Future Workplace
Part Two of a Two-Part Blog SeriesThis article is the second half of a two-part blog series. The first article titled Preparing Your Office for the Future: 5 Ways to Leverage the Physical Workspace to Address Future Trends was posted on September 30, 2015.
Imagine the year is 2025. It’s hard to see into a future that seems so far away, isn’t it? Think about the day when big data is no longer a big deal – when it is simply integrated into everything we do. Picture a future workplace experience where our every move is tracked, measured and aligned to result in peak employee performance. That day will come.
How does your workplace need to change today in order to support the ways we will be working 10 or more years from now? That is the question that we at Kahler Slater, and our partners at Granite Properties, asked at a recent think tank focused on the future of the workplace.
Think Tank MethodologyThe aim of the event was to facilitate a lively discussion, drawing upon the experience of the participants, 40 leaders from recognized Best Workplaces and other great organizations across the country. The conversation was concentrated specifically on the physical work environment and on those things that have an effect on physical space related to the way people will work in the future.
The purpose of a think tank is to explore a topic from many angles and perspectives, to generate many ideas and to push participants to think beyond the obvious. The event was facilitated in a World Café format with group discussions first covering five workplace trends. Then topics shifted and a technique called “combine” was used to really push participants to think about how society and outside influences will affect change in the workplace. Five global trends were forced or married with the workplace and the previously discussed trends.
Think Tank Insights This post is too limited to include all of the great ideas that this group of forward-thinking professionals discussed. However, we uncovered five themes that point to what might be on the horizon for the future of the workplace. Under each theme, we list some of the best ideas that participants came up with that describe the Workplace of the Future.
Planning for future change is never easy. The insights shared in the Future of the Workplace Think Tank White Paper provide a guide to those thinking about leveraging their workplace to compete in a rapidly changing marketplace. Small steps today taken towards a focus on well-being, rapid customization, inspiration, connectivity and personalization in the workplace will help your organization stand out among a sea of great companies in the future.
About GlennGlenn Roby is a Vice President and leader of Kahler Slater's Business Environments Team with a focus on workplace design strategies that optimize organizational culture, employee productivity and real estate assets. As a key member of the Kahler Slater’s workplace environments research team, he has visited and benchmarked many Best Companies across the country. You can connect with him on LinkedIn. Kahler Slater is an interdisciplinary architecture, interior design and environmental branding firm serving visionary clients around the world. The firm has been rated one of the Great Place to Work® Best Small Workplaces for eleven straight years.
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