MoreySmith, leading design and architecture practice, has commissioned a ‘Workplace Futures Report’ in partnership with The Future Laboratory. The report aims to gain a better understanding of the psychology of the future workforce in 2025 and to highlight the importance of workplace design to employers.
The report examines the shift in demographics that will make employers realise how necessary it is to change the workplace design. The effects of technology in the workplace are also established in the report along with emerging trends and behaviour patterns in the younger generation.
According to the Workplace Futures report, ‘Open Work’ spaces of 2025 are believed to be multi-generational, multidimensional, and interactive. Founder and principal director of MoreySmith, Linda Morey-Burrows, believes a design-led office will help the overall business succeed.
Employers have the perception that a design-led office isn’t essential when in reality, the report demonstrates how they are an effective tool to attract and retain staff members and also, to ensure efficiency. Employee satisfaction is likely to increase as well, meaning they will be motivated to work and their productivity levels will be high.
The sentient workplace
Nowadays, employees are working longer hours and harder than ever, which can impact their social life. There needs to be a balance between an individual’s work and social life. Employees shouldn’t have to change their plans outside of work because their job is affecting them physically and mentally.
The report highlights in 2025, offices will have sensors installed so that employee’s smartphones and wearable devices can be integrated and interact with the business. Worker’s daily output can be recorded and measured against the working environment through apps, artificially intelligent desks and wearables.
These technology devices will communicate with one another to send over information such as the employees seating preferences, lighting preferences, energy levels, stress levels, and hydration levels. Once the devices receive this information, a working environment will be created that is tailored to the employee.
The sentient workspace is convenient for employees as it enables them to be more productive. It shows employees that their employers wants to achieve the best out of them.
A hospitality workspace will enable workers to rest, work and play all in one destination. This will provide convenience to the multi-generational workforce who will no longer need to rent or own a home and it also attracts workers globally.
The hospitality workspace will be a hotel, gym and café all combined into one. Organisations will be located near collaborative start-up incubators and will include other facilities such as gyms and galleries in the workspace.
In 2025, hospitality workspaces will encourage improvements in productivity and happiness in the workforce. Working relationships will be stronger and employees will find balancing their work-life to be easier due to the convenience of the facilities provided in this type of workspace.
Flat age workspaces: age-agnostic and the 5G workforce
The Workplace Futures Report states towards the end of the 2020s, five generations (5G) will work together in the workplace. The generations are:
- Generation I:
- Generation Z;
- Generation Xers; and
- Baby Boomers.
Each generation has different characteristics and skills that will help to complement each other in the workplace.
The amount of people in work is likely to increase in the future therefore its important organisations are age neutral and cater to all employees of different generations needs and expectations.
The report shows that employers will not be influenced by an individual’s demographics in the future and this information will not be taken into consideration when it comes to the office environment.
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