The 21st Century workplace is changing, rapidly—the interplay between technology, location, culture and business is transforming where, when and how we work.
For workers, this means taking control of their work/life balance, patterns of work and the devices and applications they use. Traditional commuting patterns are changing and a culture that supports portfolio careers is growing.
A more mobile business can enjoy a productivity boom and better access to a global pool of talent, which in turn will improve operations and drive growth. These changes make it possible to dramatically reduce office space requirements and their associated costs. This new mobile work landscape is also a great change for start-ups, as traditional overhead – like real estate – becomes ‘virtual.’
“Employers have a duty to provide staff with the tools they need to work effectively and productively...wherever that happens to be.” —Stephen Tanner, Founder OfficePOD Ltd
Today’s workers demand flexible working policies. Companies who want to stay competitive must provide them—both to ensure access to the best talent, and to ensure all employees interact on an ongoing basis as part of a closely connected team.
The impact of eradicating the traditional nine-to-five, office-based culture combined with the rise of the “human cloud” workforce is changing our offices, cities, economy and culture.
To explore these issues further, we asked business users, innovative leaders, architects, psychologists and human resource experts for their perspectives in four key areas:
- How technology trends are setting the agenda
- Next generation workplaces
- The impact of a truly global market
- Cultural changes and their impact on work