Workplaces & Workforces of the Future
The intersection of people, space & technology
27 - 28 Feb 2018Generator@GridAKL, Auckland
Tim Dunlop has examined work trends influenced by technologies such as robotics and artificial intelligence and predicts that full time work as we know it is set to be revolutionised. With this, comes an opportunity to embrace the concept of nonwork and positively transform the lives of humans.
There are multiple possible futures. Tim Hooson will talk to maximising your organisation’s chances of successfully preparing for future uncertainty, and enabling new behaviours while creating a modern, responsive workplace. Is the first focus on:
- Encouraging your people to be resilient and change ready?
- Creating a flexible environment to respond to the unforeseen?
- Improving the adaptability and accessibility of technology?
- Or enhancing collaboration to enable rapid decision-making?
- Understanding the differing workplace needs and expectations of Baby Boomers, GenX, Millennials and the new GenZ
- Defining the company culture when employing a multi-generational workforce
- How flexible workspaces can support differing needs and help bridge the gap
Vodafone has created a truly future focused working environment in the redesign of their Christchurch and Auckland offices. In this session we gain insights into the Vodafone way of working and how it utilises the latest technologies to enable flexibility and collaboration.
- The opportunity of workplace strategy
- ABW; What it is, and what it isn’t
- How activity based working can be an enabler for strategy, leadership, culture, productivity, engagement, and more
- The building blocks of ABW, Challenging misconceptions around ABW
- Understanding the demand for improved wellbeing features in the workplace
- What design innovations can be seen coming through for improving the employee experience at work?
- Examining the impact of ergonomics on workers’ health
- Understanding how a healthy, happy workforce can improve the bottom line
With constant technological advances and reduced geographical boundaries, organisational change is rapid and inevitable. Employing an agile workforce which can move with the change, innovate, upskill and adapt quickly, is desirable.
- What are the characteristics of an agile workforce?
- Do you see a need for more agility in your current workforce and company culture?
- What are the practicalities of creating an agile workforce and is it achievable in your organisation? In the short / longer term?
- What can be done to retain talent and expertise? Is there a need for retention?
- Analysing the trend toward contractors, consultants, freelancers and temporary workers
- Where will employees in the ‘gig economy’ work in the physical sense?
- What can proactive organisations implement now to accommodate a more agile workforce in the future?
- Understanding the innate social needs of humans and how this applies to the work environment
- The limitations of many communication technologies designed to aid collaboration
- How will the social aspect of work be facilitated in the future?
One thing is certain for leaders – that the future will look different to the workforce for today and the future workplace will be a very different space. With suggestions that the HR function
may become redundant, how can you implement workforce planning for an uncertain future?
- How automation and machine learning will change the face of HR and other functions what this means for organisations
- Managing diversity in the future workforce – understanding new ways of working and the opportunities for securing talent
- From trend to strategy – is it possible to completely future-proof your organisation?
- What’s trending now in the workforce?
- Examples of roles with imminent potential for disruption or distinction
- How will technological advances impact the actual workplace and what can be done to prepare?
- Exploring the extent and uptake of the remote and flexible workforce
- An overview of the future work predictions coming through the Healthy Work Group research
- How can organisations prepare for and aid workforce flexibility?
- The case for using sustainable materials in building & office design and re-fits
- Investigating sustainability features to improve workplace well-being
- Measuring the outcomes of sustainability solutions and their effects on productivity
Employees and contractors: is there a preferred structure on which to engage a remote or mobile workforce?
- Offices without walls: legal obligations to workers on the move, at home or overseas
- Gig economy workers: how to utilise this resource without breaching minimum standards
- Understanding the data privacy and data security issues for remote working
- How can productivity best be measured following a refit or redesign?
- Examining the benefits of redesign which you can’t put a price on
- Investing to future proof against the evolving needs of your workforce
This session will use case study examples to explore how, in light of changing needs and post occupancy evaluations, we implement the ways in which we implement an agile workplace design.
- Have these environments been successful? What have their failings taught us?
- Post Occupancy Reviews – an imperative to achieving successful workplace design.
- How well have we transitioned to a new workplace and more flexible way of working?
- Who can benefit from shared office spaces and what features are unique?
- Advocating for a move to shared workspaces in the short or longer term in your organisation
- What will the future workplace really look like?
- What is certain and what is not?
- What initiated the move to our new premises and what was the strategy behind the re-design?
- An overview of the planning, design and implementation phases
- How have we transitioned to a new way of working?
- What have been the benefits to productivity, wellbeing & employee satisfaction?