What is workplace transformation?

The kind of work we do today is radically different than the work we pre-pandemic. 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.

Hybrid workplace strategy involves the rethinking of spaces and technology to make sure that all employees, local and remote, have an equitable experience. It includes providing a variety of different work modes through the day for focusing, collaborating, learning and socializing. And it’s thoughtfully integrating furniture, technology and architectural systems to bring all the elements together for a flexible office space.

Evolving workplace strategies include:


Today’s hybrid office design must be a destination that earns your employees’ commute. 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.

NEW MODES OF WORK to support meeting equity

It’s critical to support varied ways of working, from heads down focus work to freeform collaboration. Employees are looking to reconnect with their colleagues, collaborate in ways that they can’t at home, and find focus away from the distractions of home life. The new office design needs to meet all of this digital workplace transformation while ensuring that everyone has an equitable experience.

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 flexible office space design ideas for workspaces that drive corporate growth, download our Workplace Transformation guide.

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