The future of workplaces is not what we think it is

“Robots won’t take our jobs, but technology is changing what we do, which means employment is growing in the roles that are hardest to automate.” In a recent study by Deloitte on The Future of Work in Australia, they’ve uncovered trends that are shaping the future of our workforce.

“Today’s jobs are increasingly likely to require the cognitive skills of the head rather than manual skills.” However, research shows that there is also a demand for the use of the hearts – the interpersonal and creative role, with uniquely human skills like creativity, customer service and collaboration.

The modernisation of our workplaces have majorly shifted from the way we work, to how and when we prefer to do our work; this has created a behavioural impact on how people operate — utilising the latest technology and trends that sprouted to a more modern approach of working, such as working from home and working outside your “traditional” work hours.

What can we do today that will make us adapt to tomorrow?

Cater to your people

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With endless technological advances that we’re experiencing daily, digital experience has never been more overwhelming than it is today. We are confronted with varieties and options on how we can work online and offline. Apparently, statistics show that despite these technologies, there has been an increase of people wanting to go to work more; interacting with others and meeting new faces and shaking hands with colleagues. It appears that we are still looking for that human connection outside Facetime and Zoom.

Providing facilities where you’re able to catch up and collaborate freely with your colleagues are integral in ensuring your employees’ well-being – promoting a healthier environment resulting in better work relationship and increase in productivity.

Find solutions that work

The environment that you provide your employees has a significant impact on their performance. Assuming that a one-size-fits-all solution will work might just end up driving them away, bearing stress and frustrations because they could not get work done.

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Tailor your workplace based on how your people want to work and the way your teams function. Different people will have different working style – ask for their feedback and encourage open dialogue to fuel a more harmonious relationship within the workforce. Initiating interactive-based activities are an excellent way to help you understand what it is that they really desire. Likewise, assuring them that they are being heard make them feel more secured and valued.

We’ve seen many companies transitioned from traditional offices to modern workspaces. Here are workspace trends that modern offices are quick to adapt

Creating spaces that are not only what your people want but also benefit them long-term

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Consolidating all these working styles will be challenging. Adhering to every single request can be impossible. One solution is to aim for a more dynamic work zones rather than static. Having work zones that encourage people to move more result in happier, smarter and healthier employees.

Areas where they can engage and interact with each other, but also allow for times of peace and quiet, have an immense impact on one’s productivity and creativity. These can help your business achieve higher ROIs – promoting a positive and healthy culture.