While the vast majority of sales for fitness trackers and smartwatches are going to consumers now, research suggests close to a fifth of sales will come from enterprise and industry customers by 2020.
Smart Workplace 2040 anticipates changes to our working environment and has far reaching consequences for organizations, Corporate Real Estate Management and Facilities Management functions.
We participated in the global panel that helped shape this report. It's an amazing look at what the future of work may look like.
Among the takeaways: Work will be redefined by:
- Adaptable, radical working patterns
- Choice: Workers will decide where and how they want to work.
- Location: ‘Trophy workplaces’ will provide a highly experiential environment.
- Entrepreneurship will be the norm thanks to technological advances.
- Collaboration will be a major driver of enterprise performance.
- Human services will be seen as a premium offering; support services will enhance the experience as users interact with their surroundings.
- Health and wellness will be prioritized over work.
- A heavy reliance on networks and “crowdsourcing” to co-create product ideas.
It's a beautiful piece of work and an important read for anyone involved in workplace strategy, real estate, or the many tangential businesses.
The author poses the good question of why we're spending so much money on public transportation and so little on encouraging more remote work.
At 6pm the desks literally disappear into the ceiling.
I'm not sure this is feasible for all of us, but good for them for recognizing the fact that we're all having trouble turning it off at the end of the day.
"In a study published in the journal Environmental Psychology, the University of Melbourne’s Kate Lee and a group of colleagues found that interrupting a tedious, attention-demanding task with a 40-second “microbreak” — in which one simply looks at a computerized image of a green roof — improved focus as well as subsequent performance on the task."
This is the newest of many studies that show plants, nature, and other biophelia can boost creativity, concentration, and cognitive ability.