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Two-Thirds of all Employees Wish for a Flexible Workplace of the Future

For some, the term “workplace of the future” may conjure up images of sci-fi office spaces, complete with stainless steel cubicles and coffee-delivering drones. In reality, however, the “workplace of the future” concept extends much further than an interior remodel; it requires a transformation that touches on all aspects of overall design — including IT, solutions and platforms — to create a digital workplace that exists equally on our tablets, phones and computers as it does in the office.
To illustrate this change, ASG Technologies and IDG Research Studies worked together to conduct the IDG Workplace of the Future 2017 study, interviewing 1,500 European decision-makers and employees from a diverse set of organizations on how they perceive this transition. While it seems that both employers and employees are in favor of transitioning to the workplace of the future — with more than six out of ten employees interviewed (61 percent) feeling the benefits outweigh the negative effects — there is a disparity in how each group perceives progress so far.

The intention
blog1-1.png While digitization kickstarted the shift toward the workplace of the future, nearly four out of five employees (79 percent) view the movement as a cultural rethink of when and where work is conducted. Today’s office workers are looking for more flexibility when it comes to working hours, and 57 percent of consulted companies are delivering this by trying to create a more ‘out of office’ work environment.
To achieve this new workplace model, decision-makers point to mobility and technology as two features that will need to be a key part of any transition strategy. 57 percent of consulted companies also agree that an approach fuelled by mobility and technology will engage and connect employees, boost loyalty and drive productivity.
To deliver a more flexible experience, employers know they must first reconstruct the traditional work model and implement the right systems, solutions and security protocol to enable and sustain efficiency.
The implementation
Despite a shared enthusiasm for the workplace of the future between employers and employees, there is still a gap between the expectations and reality of what businesses are currently delivering. Thirty-six percent of the companies interviewed have a dedicated company-wide strategy to implement a new workplace with mobility concepts, yet four out of five employees feel their current workplace is still far removed from their perception of the workplace of the future.

To achieve employee-driven goals, companies need to include employees more closely in the implementation process, as their engagement is key to affecting any large changes within the workplace. Businesses might start by addressing the other employee need: technology. Eighty-seven percent of employees see room for improvement in the IT and technical equipment of their workplace. In the digital world, the right technology is needed to enable mobility and deliver a collaborative work environment. blog4.png
For more information, check out our press release outlining the report’s key findings. And if you’re interested in joining the workplace of the future conversation, attend this webinar hosted by ASG Technologies, “Desire & Reality:  What is needed for the workplace of the future?” taking place on December 13th at 11am (GMT), presented by Michael Collins, Global Practice Vice President, ASG Technologies and Manfred Bremmer, editor of Computerwoche.
Posted: 11/22/2017 11:10:44 AM by Rob Perry
Filed under :digital, employee, future, mangement, mobile, mobility, workplace, workspaces