Many of what we once considered alternative workplace strategies, have now become mainstream. Now in its fifth year, this benchmarking study was conducted by Advanced Workplace Associates (AWA), Global Workplace Analytics, and Haworth Inc., and additionally supported by Workplace Evolutionaries, a community of practice within the International Facilities Management Association. Over 130 organizations representing over 2.3 million global employees responded. The results were compared to longitudinal data collected across four similar surveys fielded since 2008.
The 'Once Alternative Workplace Strategies Report’, reveals significant changes in how and where people work. Some of the more interesting findings include:
- The worry over a loss in productivity when people are able to work anywhere is entirely unfounded.
- People impacts, rather than cost savings, are now the primary measure of success
- Internal mobility has more than doubled since 2008; External mobility (working at home, coworking places, outside the office) has remained flat
- Nearly half of employees are still permanently assigned to one space; no change since 2008
- Employee involvement in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of workplace change programs has decreased significantly
The free 50+ page report can be downloaded at http://we.ifma.org/resources/we-research/.
An common miscalculation in circulation space can underestimate usable area requirements by between 9% and 20%; a very significant difference that has both practical and legal ramifications.
This article explains how a simple error in the application of a circulation multiplier in a space program can have serious consequences, putting your firm at risk for advising the client to purchase, build, or lease a space that is too small for their needs. It is a simple error, one the authors have seen made by well-known firms.
The bottom line is, if you want 30% circulation space in a 10,000 square foot area, you need multiply the program elements (e.g., offices, workstations, meeting rooms, support areas) by 42.86%, not 30%.
"An investigation of the forces reshaping the financial industry and how workplace design can position companies for success."
This report covers the threats and challenges this and many others sectors are facing such as new entrants, rapidly changing technologies, talent wars, and a loss of public trust. From benchmark space metrics to cryptocurrencies, this 36 page report is a must-read.
- For every $4 Scotiabank spends on space, they spend $1 on technology
- “The huge issue is AI and we are all trying to figure out if we will need the growth we are planning for.”
- Space and technology go hand in hand. If you don’t build the technology to support the great spaces there is no point.
- Many Ivy League graduates once drawn to the compensation and prestige of a Wall Street job are instead opting for the tech sector, where they see fewer regulations inhibiting innovation and more opportunities for explosive growth.
If any of this interests you, you really need to read the full report.
The walls have come down, literally and figuratively. In this space where people come together remarkable things happen. From fledgling concept to fully formed and flourishing; an exploration of the (future) workplace in Australia and New Zealand.
In this 35 page report, workplace legends Chris Cane and Chris Alcock share 11 case studies from AU and NZ where two-thirds of the workforce expect to be activity-based working (ABW) by 2020. Half of financial institution employees already do.
Each study includes quantified benefits such as:
- An increase in net promoter scores, engagement, sustainability scores, speed to decision making, and talent attraction
- A reduction in real estate costs, churn, and waste
While the banking industry has led the charge, the study indicates that all of the major insurance companies, professional consulting organizations, real estate and property sector, and technology companies have made a move toward ABW.
The authors credit the speed at which ABW has advanced in AU/NZ, at least in part, to the pioneering nature of their population. They are eager to try new and better ways of doing things and not afraid of challenging convention.
Nearly 3 in 10 employees say their workplace fails to enable productivity. Lack of privacy and too much noise among top complaints.
A survey involving over 275k global employees showed only 28% would agree with the statement "my workplace allows me to work productively." Another 15% were neutral.
Over 90% say individual focused or desk-based work are important to their job, yet these are spaces are what they are most lacking.
More worrying is that a third of post-renovation/relocation projects deliver below average productivity. The report point to the need for more attention to post-move behavior modification.