Top trends: Future of the workspace

Dan Hughes

Director, Data and Information Product Management (RICS)

Technology and changing expectations of employees is re-imagining the workplace. Although it was once predicted that remote working would entirely negate the need for offices, in fact we are seeing a greater variety of non-traditional workspaces appear, to support the wellbeing and productivity of all those utilising the space.

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We’re supported WorkTech Hong Kong to share insight on what the future of the workplace may look like. Below are some of the trends we're already beginning to see: 

5 top trends:

Fostering Innovation

Innovation as a ‘must-have’ organisational outcome is not a new theme, but we are now seeing technology solutions build an innovation culture within organisations and bring start-up companies and clients together to drive solutions, connectivity and relationships.

Flexible Workspace

Workplace as a destination and the rise of co-working is challenging the conventional real estate model. There is a demand for a different type of FM to take the role as a curator of space where people want to go and create a business story. People expect workspace to cater for all needs, whether personal or work-related. The disruption that has been forecast, is here on a global scale. 

Digital Transformation

Re-wiring of organisations through digital transformation is now considered fundamental to success. These journeys lead to significant change in the workplace, often driven by a deeper understanding of culture, leadership and its impact on how work is done.

Creating & Feeding Culture 

Organisations can have an efficient and environmentally green building while also focusing on creating an environment designed around a human-centric approach, which provides the organisation with a lever for culture change. The workplace community has begun to acknowledge that culture change cannot be delivered by changing the workspace alone. Culture needs to be defined and understood to be successful.

Automation & AI

The potential of artificial intelligence and advanced robotics to perform tasks once reserved for humans is no longer reserved for spectacular demonstrations by the likes of IBM’s Watson, DeepMind, or Google’s driverless car. The imminent introduction of these technologies into buildings enables the collection and interpretation of big data and will have an impact on how we see, use and interact with buildings and its inhabitants. 

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