Technology at work is no longer a luxury; it’s a necessity, pivotal to a company’s success. By pushing boundaries and removing barriers technology expels us into a limitless world where distance, time and location are no longer obstacles. Everything is a possibility; from meetings on the moon to working on a cloud using the cloud!
Here we consider some of the ways technology is changing the workspace and impacting on its design.
Technology fuels flexibility
Mobile devices coupled with collaborative software and plug and play furniture all enable staff to work remotely, globally, anytime, anywhere, reducing the need for face-to-face meetings and eliminating wasted travel time (and costs!). And as staff have the ability to work on demand the needs of your employees are also more readily accommodated.
Technology revolutionises work practices
The digital workspace is a world dotted with mobile applications, web-based software and cloud-based sharing tools which allow us to streamline operational processes, automate tasks, access documents effortlessly, participate in virtual meetings and share files from our tablets wherever we are – all often with just a single password. Making collaboration and communication simple and seamless amongst co-workers and clients.
Technology boosts your brand
Digital marketing is a powerful tool to promote your business and increase engagement and efficiency. You can target, track and reach a large online audience for a relatively small outlay, use online tools to sell locally or globally or build brand awareness and customer relationships with the press of a button.
Technology has radically changed workspace design
The workplace is no longer restricted to a single, physical space, which means our concept of the ‘workspace’ has changed. There’s no need to be predictable or static in design; we don’t need to be confined to a computer at a desk heaving with piles of paperwork. Today’s ideal workspace is flexible and agile; a space humming with collaborative zones and hushed with silent spaces. It is smooth, streamlined and dotted with reconfigurable furniture meaning the landscape can change according to the need.
Workplace design needs to be optimised to suit not only a more technologically driven workforce but also a more diverse one; think flexible hours, freelancers, hot desking. It is no longer a task-based space; it’s a hub for business activity, it’s a work based experience. A place where staff, clients and visitors can move fluidly around different zones according to the work they are doing. The workspace should be clearly articulated, accessible, immediate, concise and efficient in its design, featuring furniture integrated and compatible with technology to accommodate different devices and different aspects of work.
Technology and the future workspace
With innovative technology being developed which encourages social networking in the workplace and systems which can understand and automatically adapt to individual employee preferences the future of the workplace continues to connect people and take a person centred in its approach.
So, it seems, the workplace is adapting to the changes technology brings by becoming a more dynamic, social and thoughtful space which encourages connections and supports all types of work, interaction and integration, both in and outside the workspace.
To see how Workspace Design can transform your workplace speak to Charlie Peacock on Charlie.Peacock@workspace-design.co.uk