Evolution of the Workplace, Where Are We Headed?
As we start the new year, we look forward to what 2013 will bring. It is interesting to read about progress and know what the workplace trends are. But for us to look forward, we need to look at what we have done to conform to our present and improve our future. The evolution of the workplace outlines a brief history of how office space changed and adapted to the developing society. I may not pin point THE workplace trend for 2013, but I've noticed some movements that may continue to flourish for the coming year.
- Work spaces that work harder. Common spaces will be used as a multi-functional zones. With our ability to work anywhere within the office space, these multi-functional spaces will support almost everything from meetings, solo work, and even dining. Organizations will use these spaces to keep their employees engaged and have a sense of community.
- Work spaces that adapt to your personal preferences. We know why ergonomics is important to your body, but we are now seeing how important it is to be active in the workplace. Furniture continues to be adjustable to support your tasks throughout the day.
- Sustainability as a standard. Almost all projects I have seen have LEED certifications, or at least made an effort to be green. It is becoming an attractive part of an organization's branding and in attracting and retaining employees.
- Technology. The use of "the cloud" has been making data more accessible. Will this aid to have more employees work from home? Furthermore, will the workplace need the comforts of home to bridge the home and work life? Maybe.
Workplace trends may not fit everyone in an instant, conforming to change might be difficult or too costly for some. But keeping abreast with trends and planning the future reflect a progressive culture and adaptability to the changing workforce and economy. What do you think will continue to develop this year and for the following years to come? Are there any trends your organization will start to follow?