Flexible alternatives are rapidly increasing as the workplace in China adds agile to their environments. In 2018, we believe we will start to see the workplace gather more momentum to become even more flexible, with conscious focus on agility via co-working, activity-based, unassigned seating. Whilst these concepts have been considered previously more as radical experiments for certain segments of companies, the fact is this has been taking place for more than 20 years.
We’ve seen this in our work with companies like Accenture, introducing the first prototype ‘hoteling’ office pilot for Asia pacific. When we created a completely open plan office for BP, even the CEO had no office.
As organizations evolve, new workspaces need to allow for people to connect rapidly across all levels. Effective office designs help Workplaces become responsive to the needs of its space and ways of working.
Trends – setting the stage for flexibility of Workplaces
Becoming Agile. Altering culture by becoming more agile through the use of adaptive settings. New workplaces are increasing the variety and type of spaces to accommodate a broader range of functions, and people are moving to the relevant space that best supports their task at hand. Many organizations or teams need to overcome the limitation about the concept of Ownership of space. Even if the business unit is tied to space due to legacy or physical reasons (documentation, equipment) they still need new ways to adapt and change.
Physical Journey. New workplaces look at wellness in the way they operate by increasing transition between activity areas is encouraged. Or stated another way – organizational support for Being Physically Active in the Workplace.