Many of today’s companies are putting in place global guidelines that strive to create consistent work and cultural experiences.
Kay Sargent from HOK offers an excellent round-up of the challenges and opportunities for workplace design across different parts of the world. She stresses the importance of guidelines vs. standards to accommodate differences in culture, organizational structure, demographics, market conditions, legal issues, and technological factors.
New report sheds light on UK worker attitudes toward AI, flexibility, delayed retirement, and social conscience
In partnership with strategic foresight thinktank, The Future Laboratory, we setout to identify and unpack some of the biggest trends driving changes in the workforce, with the aim of helping businesses prepare for the new employment landscape they will shape.
This report based on 3,000 U.K. workers found that:
- 48% of workers feel AI will help with mundane tasks
- 55% feel it will lead to redundancies
- 36% would like more technology that monitors their work to identify ways they can increase productivity
- 43% would be interested in tech that optimizes brain chemistry
- 77% say flexibility at work is very important to them
- 65% plan to work longer than planned because they want to
- 56% plan to do so because they have to
- 74% of older workers want to continually learn
- 61% felt companies should make a positive contribution to society
- 50% would be turned off by a company that didn't do so
Smart office uses biosensors and machine learning to optimize individual work environments
Imagine a workspace that adjusts the lighting, sound, and projected images for the kind of work you're doing. MIT, Steelcase, and Phillips are working together to do just that. Using sensors to measure heart rate variability, facial features, and eye focus, this trio is hoping to do. The hope for "mediated atmospheres," as they call them, is to improve human performance, reduce stress, and enhance wellness and well-being. The science behind all this is available here: https://goo.gl/XxnWG9
Many introverts are not the quiet little mice you might think. They've learned to 'fake it' just to fit in.
When I posted this video to LinkedIn a few weeks ago, I was shocked at the responses from, mostly introverts, who finally felt understood. One commented "introverts are people too."
We (yes, I am one, but even friends don't know it) represent about half of the workforce. And while we can be the life of the party, we get our strength from being alone while extroverts get theirs from being with people. So stop trying to drag us out of our shells. We actually like it in here.
"For some people, “open office” means tearing down the walls, installing benches, and giving workers the option to sit wherever they want—as long as it’s somewhere in the big open space. For others it represents one choice in an ecosystem of workspaces that allow people to work wherever they want."
The debate about "open offices" is more about semantics than workplaces. Before we start the bashing or praising, we need to get on the same page about what it means.
This article suggest we focus instead on creating places that cover these "seven critical c's: concentration, contemplation, collaboration, creativity, conversation, community, and caffeine.