The article below is taken from the Orangebox website (Orangebox being a leading designer and manufacturer of products that build a more agile business.
We understand that the workplace is changing, perhaps more rapidly than ever before, and the Orangebox portfolio is a considered response to the constant flux of influences present in today’s knowledge economy.
Our vision of the future working environment is based upon a customer centric approach to understanding and adapting to these influences, and continuous dialogue with our customers is the key to the insights that shape our future designs.
However, knowing that with a global economy comes massive diversity, we’re never arrogant enough to think that our own research has all the answers. So we’re constantly engaged in ‘researching the research’. Workplace surveys and reports from PWC, HOK, Gensler, the DTI and the Workplace Intelligence Unit, are just a few examples of publications that have helped us shape our thinking….
Work is becoming more collaborative. Developing internal networks & effective knowledge sharing within organisations are increasingly important keys to higher productivity. A communication culture is one important key to delivering the strategic objectives of an organisation.
Work has more than one mode. Space needs to be provided to suit a diversity of activities, be it for social interactions, group learning, focused tasks or collaborative teams. The most effective organisations of the future will provide all of these types of spaces with the balance that suits their workforce and purpose.
Technology is freeing us from the desk. The rapid development of portable communication and computing has created a new breed of nomadic, knowledge worker. People will increasing be ‘on’ work rather than ‘at’ work as the link to a fixed place diminishes for more and more of us.
Employees value good workspace. As we all become increasingly design conscious and spend longer periods at work, the quality of our workplace is of greater value to us. An organisation’s ability to attract and retain the very best people will be increasing linked to the environment it is able to provide.
Flexibility and agility are key. The increasing need to maintain competitiveness is increasing the pressure to reduce the costs of space and operations. Designing the workplace to be flexible and agile can facilitate higher densities of occupation, increase space utilisation and ultimately provide more efficient buildings.
Organisational sustainability that permeates every aspect of how we deliver our products and services will have to become the absolute norm. Businesses that lead the way today will be best equipped to meet the moral expectations, and adapt to the regulatory requirements & volatility of the business environment of the future.