New Workplace Models Key To Meeting Future Demands


As the workplace continues to be shaped by an increasingly mobile workforce and advances in technology, it has become a key role for companies to provide flexibility and a variety of workplace models in order to attract and retain highly skilled workers.

This insight came from JLL's new whitepaper titled

The future of work and the workplace, which explores the future of workplaces including the impact of mobility and technology, and the associated benefits like pro-working, on-demand space and office club models.

“The old adage of ‘set and forget’ where organisations have to ‘make the most’ of their existing workplace is redundant," JLL Director of Corporate Solutions Rajiv Nagrath said.

"What employees want from the workplace has radically changed and the physical workplace can no longer be thought of as being static.

"Space needs to be managed, curated and constantly fine-tuned. Real-time data can be drawn from intelligent buildings which can be used to modify the space to keep it relevant to the behavioural profile of the occupants."However, Mr Nagrath said the experience that employees have in their space is of equal importance.

"Programmes to complement the physical space that will support employees being efficient and effective should be developed," he said.

"Additionally, trialling and implementing programs around health management, stress management, time management and technology should be considered.

"Organisations often cite human capital as their penultimate resource, and a well-designed and managed work environment is one the ways they can deliver on their objectives around this,” he said.

JLL Director of Workplace Strategy Dinesh Acharya said the rise of mobile working had opened up a new range of workplace opportunities for companies which include:

  • ‘hub & spoke’ - which could see a centralised CBD office supported by various smaller satellite offices,
  • ‘office club’ - which is non-exclusive office space co-habited by smaller companies, and
  • ‘pro-working’ - which sees companies offer under-utilised office space to a vetted network of professionals or partners outside of their employee base.
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