The recession and introduction of sophisticated mobile devices created the perfect recipe for organizations to identify new, efficient ways to design work environments. These new environments offer employees a chance to embrace technology and compete in the global economy while decreasing real-estate expenses.
Digital Natives have an inherent understanding of digital technologies, as they’ve been integrated into their lives since early childhood. They are part of a tech-savvy generation at the forefront of technological progress and want to be connected when they wish, from anywhere. Now graduated from secondary education, the first generation of Digital Natives is entering the working world and transforming it at a fast pace. Is the workplace ready to embrace this change?
For more than 15 years, my colleagues and I have worked with some of America–Ã¢â€žÂ¢s “Great Places to Work.– We’ve implemented workplace flexibility initiatives to increase workplace productivity, effectiveness, and resiliency. Yet we’ve been met with real resistance and challenges while implementing these initiatives, from compressed workdays and flextime to part-time schedules and job sharing.
Despite our best efforts to anoint our creative intuition as the vanguard of modern design, our genius goes only as far as prevailing technology can carry us, and for good reason. The technology of today has been developed and field-tested to ensure our creations can stand the test of time –Ã¢â‚¬Å“ in addition to the test of unexpected client demands and abuse.
While we’ve seen growth in how many employees telecommute, this growth is likely set to continue to expand in dramatic fashion for several reasons that are all converging. Changes in technology, psychology, and the environment are going to spur more people to work at home on a more frequent basis in the coming years. Do not be surprised if we see a large shift towards telework sooner rather than later.
The new office design reflects that company–Ã¢â€žÂ¢s brand and its core values, creating offices in which staff members have a sense of shared vision. But the new office design is more than a simple exercise in corporate identity; it–Ã¢â€žÂ¢s about using every surface to also create strong and effective color associations.