Imagine if finding a workspace in your office was like booking a seat on an airplane. It’s a hard concept to grasp … now. Soon, however, flexible workspace will have employees and those responsible for planning office spaces completely erasing and redrawing the lines around personal work stations.
During AVI-SPL’s TechSpark event in Atlanta, Dusty Duistermars, senior VP of digital solutions for professional real estate services innovator JLL, will offer a keynote on unlocking the benefits of flexible workspaces.
In doing so, he’ll also discuss some of the obstacles that tech decision makers might encounter as they look to adapt their workspace.
Why Flexible Workspace?
The way people work is changing. That comes as no surprise to tech decision makers who have seen their organizations migrate away from traditional heads-down workspaces situated around an imposing conference room. They’ve supported their employees by transitioning to a more collaborative workspace environment with huddle spaces and content-sharing technology.
The next step seems to be toward a truly flexible workspace built around activity-based work spaces. Say you have to collaborate with your team. There’s a space for that. Maybe you have to concentrate for an extended period of time. There’s a space for that.
“There’s a drive for this entire movement in the sense that employers want to better the employee experience,” Duistermars says. “They want people to collaborate more. [And] there is a tremendous operational efficiency.”
A well-designed flexible workspace has a space that will optimize employees’ ability to deliver all their tasks.
Of course, the flexible workspace presents a dramatic philosophical shift. There must be some obstacles for technology managers, right? Sort of, Duistermars says, but he contends that it solves more challenges than it creates.
The airplane seating comparison is a great example. Technology managers will no longer think in terms of static workspaces. Instead, they’ll likely set up a booking platform “so it’s like choosing a space based on the type of activity that you’re going to be doing and reserving it for however many hours you’ll need it,” Duistermars says.
“That Shift will be pretty significant for just about everybody involved, not only occupying that space but engaging with that space.”
Tech decision makers attending TechSpark will learn a lot more about how to get the most out of shifting toward a flexible workspace environment.