Mentoring, socialization, and technology were themes heard throughout the recent IFMA Workplace Summit discussions at Cornell University. These tangible topics aren–Ã¢â€žÂ¢t just taking the place of yesterday–Ã¢â€žÂ¢s buzzwords like productivity, innovation, and employee experience –Ã¢â‚¬Å“ they–Ã¢â€žÂ¢re helping companies achieve a successful workplace strategy.
You–Ã¢â€žÂ¢ve probably heard (or used) buzzwords to describe today’s office worker — these “communicators”, or “collaborators” might work in spaces we design called “huddle rooms” or “team areas”. But in a world where the design trends are growing toward a consultant-based workforce, where does teamwork fit?
The sharing economy and rise of collaborative consumption indeed have spawned businesses like Groupon, Zipcar, and Thredup. But policy makers, architects, and urban planners are still grappling with what this means for the future of residences, office buildings, public places, and the urban environment.