Today's Workplace: It's All About the People
Today's workplace is at an inflection point: Workers have more choice, power and capabilities than ever before. Companies that realize and act on this will be positioned for growth — those that don't are in for a rude awakening. This inflection point is being powered by collaborative energy.
When business activities are energized by the intersection and interaction of People, Spaces and Technology, productivity improves and the business accelerates.
In the People part of the equation, we recognize that the business world comprises multigenerational, diverse groups of workers that include everyone from millennials to baby boomers. It's important to understand their work-style personas and needs, as well as the depth and breadth of their knowledge.
Within the Spaces segment of the equation, we need to ensure that offices and other workspaces provide the best possible experience, one that facilitates collaboration and productive outcomes. Mobility is a base requirement and should be leveraged to drive not only productivity, but also a seamless experience across a variety of spaces.
The Technology component needs to blend into the environment so that it becomes ubiquitous and easy to consume. The consumerization movement continues to make new technologies and applications available at our fingertips, blurring the lines of personal and business interactions. As technology is further miniaturized, elements can sit inside multiple devices and form factors to suit the needs of individuals. Mobile devices now let employees connect with customers, partners and coworkers at any time and from any location. Social media empowers them to engage with multiple communities anywhere, at any time — and in very public forums. And the cloud enables them to use enterprise applications and data from wherever they choose to work.
Today's workers don't want to commute. It's less about the time wasted in travel, and more about ensuring that face-to-face interactions are truly valuable in a productive space. Companies that don't understand this change still create workplaces with layouts, even furniture, that reflect a "command and control" way of working from the past. These facilities also lack the collaboration tools that today's empowered workers need and demand. The results, all too often, are "shiny empty spaces" that do no one any good.
Read the full white paper Unleash the Power of Your People (PDF).