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The Science of Work - Top Technology Drivers for Workplace Transformation

In recent months, publications like The Guardian and Financial Times accurately predicted the lack of enthusiasm for a full-time return to the office. As organisations seek to reestablish the pre-covid working environment through 'return to the office' mandates, the majority of employees are left frustrated as the widely supported flexible working model is replaced. 

With the return to the office now a top priority for organisations, the question arises: Is focusing on recreating an arguably outdated working environment the key to an effective workplace culture?

Nevertheless, industry experts are pivoting their attention to improving the future of the workplace by considering the benefits of technology in combination with workspace design - a combination dubbed 'The Science of Work'. 

In the most recent Trend Report by WORKTECH Academy, in collaboration with their global partners, we explore the role technology will play in the future of the workplace while considering the five main advantages technology could provide when transforming the workplace:

  • Connection and collaboration: With digital hybrid meetings ensuring effective communication amongst global teams, tools such as Microsoft Viva and AV equipment have become an essential part of the daily working environment. Increased demand for immersive technology will invite the world's tech giants to reimagine hybrid meetings and explore how technology could recreate the human element of in-person collaboration. 
  • Learning and development: As today's workforce attempts to keep up with rapid advancements in technology, learning and development will become crucial over the next few years for organisations. New types of spaces will be needed to encourage learning in a hybrid work setting - making robust workplace strategies paramount in aiding this transition. 
  • Recruitment and onboarding: As attracting and retaining talent remains at the top of every successful company agenda, technology will play an important role in providing the flexibility today's workforce desires while offering support and a sense of place for new staff. 
  • Workplace experience: A key shift with hybrid working is the idea of the workplace being tied to a specific location. Instead the idea of 'the workplace' is built upon the foundation of employee experience. Integration of AI and other forms of technology will transform the hybrid working environment into an immersive and inclusive environment for all. 
  • Design and construction: Workplace design and construction processes will continue to evolve as workspaces opt for more collaborative floorplates. More informed decision-making through the use of digital twins will transform the built environment - offering opportunities to showcase its knowledge and experience with a new generation of design and construction tools.

For more, access the Q3 Trend Report here.

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