Creativity and flexibility at the workplace
We used to have neat and straight rows behind and next to each other. Fortunately, that changed with the arrival of office landscaping. But sadly, that was not a success. We gave the so-called cubicle farms a chance. But that was replaced not long afterwards by the well-known open-plan offices. Bummer! The cubicle farms and open-plan offices were not a success either. The traditional workplace just is not relevant anymore. Nowadays, we only need a laptop, a phone and a fast internet connection to work. And you need your colleagues, of course. 😉
Hello, workplace of the future!
In order to shape the modern workplace in the best possible way, it is important to learn from the past. The workplace of the future must be able to adapt to all kinds of needs and developments. Foreseen, but also unforeseen. Because changes happen very quickly. What about agile working? Smarter working always underpins the process. It is not about doing more work in less time but about creating more value with less work. Or digital scrumming? Working in a structured way and zooming in on projects that deliver the most value. We say goodbye to our boring desks and say hello to the workplace of the future.
How cool is that? We made up this term ourselves for the trend where high-quality architecture and technology merge together innovatively. Take the modern 22 Bishopsgate skyscraper in London, for example. Every day, a million data points are processed in this building to optimise facilities such as air-conditioning in the open spaces. For the reason of noise reduction, soundproof glass was used in the building. As modern-day design allows lifts and toilets to be positioned at the ends of buildings instead of their core, floors can be fully utilised. And to encourage more interaction between different floors, the staircases have been designed as inviting meeting places.
Some companies are putting an end to the traditional rental of their ‘own’ office and are housing their people in so-called co-working spaces. Offices or buildings where smaller companies (often start-ups, but increasingly also larger organisations) occupy part of the space and where everyone shares the facilities. Talking about flexible working!
Yet another term from the world of sport: the huddle. Basically the same as a scrum, but for a different ball game, this time American football. A huddle is again about a strategic get-together and, henceforth, at the office, we will be doing that in these huddle spaces. Usually intended for small groups, with a maximum of five people, and for specific purposes, such as videoconferencing or brainstorming. The most important aspect of these spaces is that they keep out noise and other distractions, allowing complete focus. And a sense of inclusiveness to boot.
Is your organisation future-proof?
There is no question that technology will play an increasingly important role at work. Digitisation is therefore at the top of the list when it comes to designing or redefining 'future-proof' workplaces. Would you like to know everything about the workplace of the future? About digitisation and the countless possibilities for flexible working? Then download the whitepaper below. The future will arrive sooner than you think!