How do you imagine the workplace of the future? The bad news: As far as we know, nobody has developed hover-desks…yet. But with self-driving cars being tested already, hovering desks don’t seem that outlandish anymore. The good news: The workplace of the future offers workers even more flexibility and mobility.
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Globalization and particularly the internet have facilitated more mobile workstyles. It's actually something a lot of employees are actively demanding. They want more flexible working times and working styles. The numbers of people working from home will only increase and home office will become the norm,
As so many employees will work remotely, effective collaboration will become even more important. Instead of being just a necessity, collaboration will become something intrinsic. Organization will have to provide a company culture that promotes collaboration and teamwork between team members but also across departments. With the convergence of mobile, cloud and social media, employees are connected 24/7 and collaboration can happen anytime and anywhere.
Even when employees go to the office, hybrid workspaces where there are no assigned workplaces anymore. Everyone can work wherever they want. The theory behind this is that it facilitates creativity and increases productivity. Flexible workspaces enable employees to work more flexibly, and employers can really utilize every square foot of the office.
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
For employees it's more convenient if they can use their own devices at work, because they don't have to switch between systems or have to get used to a strange device. This leads to much higher employee satisfaction and organizations can save costs on technology too. But BYOD also brings security issues, which is why you need to define clear BYOD guidelines and codes of conducts.
Business software is ubiquitous, but instead of many unrelated tools, organizations will have a suite of complementary software, often available in the cloud. As a lot of employees will make use of BYOD, these tools need to support multiple platforms so that everyone is able to work with the software from any device and any place.
Offering more mobile workstyles means that organizations can also draw from a much bigger pool of talents. They can recruit the best people from anywhere in the country, or even the world. This increases the diversity in the team and it has been proven that diverse teams run better projects and achieve better results.