Five Workplace Strategies Of The Future


When you think of the future of work and what the future workplace will look like, try to imagine what previous trends were - like private offices or cubicles - and then rethink them with current design trends, technology capabilities, management techniques, and the economic environment. 

Strategies Of the Future of Work

Steelcase researchers have identified a number of Emerging Work Strategies - or what it defines as being strategies which "lie beyond the existing menu of alternative work strategies". Presently, employers have been able to implement telecommuting, hotelling, or work from a satellite office (pdf)- but they may be doing so using current workplace tools - which the report notes might actually case a reduction in productivity (Read about the pros and cons here)

Below are some notes from a recent workplace experiment (pdf):

Workers Will Need The Ability To Customize Their Day

Some workers do focused work in spaces that are optimized for concentration. Others focus very effectively in social settings, such as the café. 
  • Insight: Workers need a choice to amp up or amp down their sensory experience based on personal preference for that day.


Workers Will Need Close Proximity to Collaborative Tools

Employees need to network and connect with colleagues, to build trust via face-to-face interactions, to access tacit and explicit information, and to access collaborative tools. By embracing social behaviors of new generations in the office, companies can leverage the organic transfer of knowledge and ideas that occurs through social and professional networking.  

  • Insight: Close proximity to collaborative tools enabled quick transitions from individual to collaborative work without designated owned space.


Workers Will Need To Belong To A Community

It’s important for employees to have a sense of belonging and community, develop broad social and professional networks, engage in interactions that build connections and trust, have a sense of control over their work-life integration, communicate their culture and make the space their own.

  • Insight: Creating an inspirational environment drew workers to the space – since the change, the number of people attending both formal departmental meetings and informal social events has increased.  


Workers Will Need Access To Basic Tools

Even though they’re working in new ways, employees still need support for their personal tools — horizontal surfaces, power connection and a network connection, as well as support for physical well-being.

  • Insight: Users flock to plugs, screens and surfaces for support for their personal tools.
  • Insight: Spaces without these tools were underutilized because they limited workers’ mobility.


Workers Will Need Time To Adjust To Future Strategies

People need to have time to transition to being a mobile worker, utilize the space to the maximum, have clarity around new expectations and feel that they have ownership within the evolution.

What strategies for making the workplace 'future-ready' does your company do well?


Latelatino September 13, 2013

Greats places for work.
Late Latino

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