The office of today is shaping up to attract today’s naturally curious, entrepreneurial and diverse generation of workers.
Alongside shifts in the look and feel of the working environment itself, technology is both dictating and facilitating new working styles and philosophies. Designers are playing a crucial role in how and where we work, improving productivity, efficiency and motivation along the way.
Technology for agile working.
‘Agile’ or ‘flexible’ working is becoming more popular in the corporate sphere and forward-looking companies – both working to make efficiencies in terms of costs and retain talent – facilitate the daily grind in alternative locations. A study by Lancaster University’s Work Foundation earlier this year predicts that 2017 will be the time when over half of organisations in the UK are likely to adopt some kind of flexible working.
In our plugged in, mobile world, you can theoretically work from anywhere. American Express’ BlueWork programme, for example, has four work styles: hub (a fixed desk in the office), club (a flexible approach between both office and elsewhere), home (at home at least three days a week) and roam (almost always out of the office). Underpinning the adoption of this practice is sophisticated hardware and software to enable these agile workers to get the job done. Tools like cloud computing, video conferencing and wearable tech are all there to make it possible.