What is workplace transformation?
The kind of work we do today is radically different than the work we did even 20 years ago. Corporate office design has to adapt and change to meet evolving workplace strategies and drive corporate growth. A workplace transformation is the rethinking of flexible workspaces to accommodate different kinds of work, workers, and technology.
Evolving workplace strategies include:
Today’s work is more complex
Over the past 20 years, much of our structured and process-oriented work has been automated or outsourced. The work we need to accomplish today is characteristically unstructured, complex, and highly collaborative. Because of this, we need flexible workspaces that support us in both focusing without distraction and collaborating in creative teams. We also need to hire a different kind of worker – individuals who are creative problem solvers.
Generations of workers are shifting
A significant chunk of our most experienced and skilled workers are heading to retirement, creating a potential talent shortage. Organizations must appeal to younger generations seeking work/life balance, seamless technology, and inspiring workspaces. Organizations may also need to seek candidates from a broader geographic area, creating a virtual and distributed workforce.
Technology continues to shape how we work
Today’s powerful mobile devices, ubiquitous internet access, and cloud-based applications make working anywhere, anytime, possible. Millennials expect to bring their devices to work and have them function with company infrastructure. Evolving workplace strategies include BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) to offer employees choice and control.
In order to be competitive in a global economy, attract and retain the best talent, and continue to innovate, the workplace must adapt. The level of workplace transformation can be dramatic or subtle, depending on your existing workplace culture. Any steps a company makes towards creating flexible workspaces will create real bottom-line results.
To see corporate office design ideas for workspaces that drive corporate growth, download our Workplace Transformation guide.
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