“Make sure that in the pursuit of economic performance you develop people”
Peter F. Drucker
Human-Centric computing is changing the way we consume, how we work and how we live our lives. It has become the interface between the digital and our physical worlds. Privacy is no longer the default. We have to opt out if we want it. Our devices will soon know more about us than we know about them!
Being prepared for the unknown is crucial in business thinking! The noted French chemist, Louis Pasteur, declared that, “Chance only favors the prepared mind”. Organizational leaders can no longer make decisions regarding their future based on “historical” data. They too, like scientists, must look at the available data (Today’s Trends & Drivers of business) to determine the path that will be necessary for them to reach their business goals.
These Trends & Drivers of today’s business climate are directly tied to the effectiveness of your organization and the resulting benefit to your customers.
The four, most basic, trends regarding work process and organizational space are, most definitely;
The Social Aspects:
People are still the most valuable asset to an organization. The ways in which information is collected and shared are vastly different than they have ever been.
The Technological Aspects:
Perhaps the biggest driver in today’s organization, technology has allowed us to retrieve and share information instantaneously from any location in the world.
The Spatial Aspects:
Physical space must be carefully planned in order to accommodate this new work style and, when planned accordingly, can quite literally, enhance the work process.
The Sustainable Aspects:
Decisions, concerning future workspace, should always include an organizational policy regarding sustainability and our responsibility to our earth.
Certainly, the given, in today’s business acumen is that of CHANGE.
As a result, we must continually peer into the future and direct our course with a pro-active plan that incorporates anticipated change. …like scientists, researching the future to predict a positive and successful outcome.
Yes, the acres of cubicles we have experienced in the past are, indeed, history in most working environments. The past mentality of “one-size-fits-all” just doesn’t apply in today’s workplace. The cubicle has become just one of the alternative spaces in which empoyees (as individuals and in teams) chose to work. The various types of work modes, required by any individual on any given day, require a choice of different work settings that are easily available and at the will of the individual. The cubicle or a small arrangement of cubicles that are provided and shared by all may be the perfect work environment for a specific task. We all know that different work modes require different work arrangements in order to be effective for the worker. Thus, the cubicle may be in the mid-range of a work setting choice ranging from totally open settings that are highly interactive to private enclaves in which totally concentrative privacy can be obtained. The spatial arrangement of this workplace “Community Environment” must be carefully thought out regarding the cultural aspects of your specific organizational makeup. I say again, these decisions cannot be based on the assumptions of how work has been accomplished in the past!
Take care in the determination of your organizational space SPECIFIC to the needs of your, most unique, work culture.
A thorough understanding of the Social Aspects of the business organization has never been more important in understanding and planning the work environment.
The Rise of the Millennial:
More change has taken place in their lifetime than the last century.
Millennials have grown up in a world where change has been the only constant and where embracing the digital future has been their primary method of surviving. Millennials are riding a wave of dramatic shift in the fundamental language of our society.
Their generation is better positioned with social attitude and the technological tools to quite literally change the future of business culture.
What a great visit with the Interior Design students at the Fay Jones School of Architecture at the University of Arkansas. It’s always exciting to speak with ID students regarding their opportunities to bring even more value to business orgnaizations through the utilization of a PLANNED WORK ENVIRONMENT!
My thanks to the ID Department and Staff for a wonderful experience…
I am excited to announce that I will be speaking at the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture.
In the “early days” of mobile technology the thought of working from home was on everyone’s mind. There was even thought of corporate centers going away completely. Obviously, that didn’t happen and most of us take comfort in the face-to-face interactions of day-to-day work that confirm our work existence. As our home, social and work life become more entwined, the thought of getting work done from anywhere but the office has become an almost daily decision.
With the recent announcement by Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo Inc., that they are asking their associates to come back to the office, other organizational leaders may be questioning their policies regarding their employees working away from the office.
We would all agree that workprocesses have changed a great deal in the last decade. Effective work is now based on positive results delivered in a timely manner. In order to be effective, intellectual workers need the autonomy to do what needs to be done, with whom it needs to be done and in the place (or places) that are most appropriate.
Highly creative organizations such as Yahoo, Inc. rely on the somewhat serendipitous interaction of their associate knowledge-base. The speed and effectiviness of these encounters are critical to the final product offerings from Yahoo.
Every organizational culture has become so unique in their makeup that leadership can no longer make decisions regarding their work space (or work-ways) based on what someone else has done. These decisions can no longer be based on assumptions but must be carefully thought out relative to the intimate needs of their people.
Vast layouts of repetitive cubicles can no longer support the highly collaborative and interactive work-styles of today’s business associates. Technology is enhancing work processes in ways that were unheard of a short time ago!
It is critical that leaders thoroughly understand and embrace this change to the good of their associates.
“Decisions regarding the future of your organization can no longer be based on assumptions”