In the current business environment, talent competition is fierce. In fact, “talent” no longer means what it used to.
Many roles and skills that will be needed in the future are unknown to us today. Knowing this, how can an organization plan for the future of work? How will talent demands change? How do you attract, engage, and retain the people you need today and tomorrow? The key to preparation is to be agile. There are no conclusive answers, but we can look at current workforce trends to begin thinking about and preparing for an optimized and efficient future workforce and operating structure.
An engaged and committed workforce will be vital in navigating the future of work and ensuring your company’s success. Employees should be a top priority and companies need to invest in their people and the ways they work. The employee experience and workforce environment are as essential as a client or customer experience.
Real estate transformation
The typical workplace is highly underutilized and does not effectively engage its workforce. Workplace and real estate strategies ultimately support a company’s workforce strategy, industry competitiveness and business success through better employee engagement.
While workplace design has shifted to being more open and transparent in the past decade, many companies have been left behind. Even with updated offices, today’s typical workplace is highly underutilized and does not effectively engage its workforce.
Engaged employees are more productive and satisfied in their roles. Workplace and real estate strategies ultimately support a company’s workforce strategy, industry competitiveness, and business success through employee engagement.
We live in a world of “no distance,” and the implications for business are exciting and profound.
How and where we work has changed. Employees expect to be able to work how and where they want without any disruption in service or experience. So what are the new standards in our global working environment?
Today’s spaces are expected to accommodate a variety of work modes and collaboration. Technology is expected to be ubiquitous, high-speed, and easy to use.
Having user-friendly and reliable technology is a crucial element to reduce frustration and increase employee satisfaction. Many companies struggle with providing workplace technology (e.g., teleconferencing, remoteaccess VPN) that consistently performs for employees. While solving these issues is essential to workforce success, the technology transformation goes beyond having functional machines. Providing the right tools and technology can enable and elevate your workplace experience and workforce productivity.
Talk to your employees to reassess current ways of working. Where are the areas of opportunity? What processes or systems can be improved? Where does your company want to be in five or ten years, and how are you going to get there? What’s holding you back? The “work environment” has evolved: the organization’s physical real estate no longer defines the only place people work. It is virtual and physical space. A productive and engaging work environment needs to carefully integrate business requirements with the employee experience and workplace technology.
Corporate responsibility transformation
Large companies can have incredible influences on society and the environment—for better or worse. They should take into account all the impact they have on society, not just the financial ones.
Consumers and investors are increasingly critical of corporations on their social and environmental efforts. A headquarters is often viewed as a symbol of its company’s brand and values. As such, it is imperative to keep those intentions in the forefront as you plan your real estate strategy.