Workplace of the future: smart, sustainable and safe
Workplace of the future: Smart, sustainable and safe

A paradigm shift – what do we need to consider to design workplaces of the future?

Since the onset of COVID-19, the world as we know it has changed and what once felt certain has now become open to opportunity. Nowhere more is this evident than in the workplace – whether that be a commercial office building, an education facility, a medical centre, a technology hub or any other place where ‘workers’ gather.

As employees around the globe have reverted to remote working, and discovered both the pros and cons of merging home life and work life, questions are being asked about how workplaces need to change to accommodate this new way of operating.

In this thought leadership series, we explore the considerations workplace owners, developers and operators need to take into account when either adjusting an existing workplace to accommodate this new way of working, or developing an entirely new place of employment.

To offer a good return on investment for owners and developers, be cost effective for employers and attractive to the current, new and emerging workforce, workplaces need to meet fundamental human needs, values and expectations as well as commercial imperatives.

To be truly radical is to make hope possible rather than make despair convincing.

Raymond Williams

Do I want to return to the workplace, and if I do, what will I discover when I finally get back and how will it change in the future?

Key considerations for future workplace design

Workplace of the future: Smart

Smart

Using data to inform decision-making for both owners and operators, as well as employees

Workplace of the future: Sustainable

Sustainable

To provide a comfortable working environment that is flexible to changing needs, and combats the impacts of climate change

Workplace of the future: Safe

Safe

Creating an environment where staff feel safe has always been a priority, but now that has become even more of a focus and technology will be a key enabler

Uncertainty creates opportunity

COVID-19 has created a new normal of uncertainty, constant change, complexity, and contradiction. What we thought the future held for workplaces has been turned upside down, leaving us asking if things will ever be the same again.

With so much uncertainty, how can organisations and employees prepare for what may or may not come next, and how can they grasp the opportunity for change and innovation?

Download our first installment in this series below to find out.

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Tim Spies

Managing Director,
Built Environment – Australia & New Zealand
+61 2 94655227

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