The Workplace of the Future with Konica Minolta

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The Workplace of the Future looks at making workplaces more useful in real-time, improving workplace experience and efficiency for employees. Technology is now freeing us from the confines of our desks to work anywhere, any time and employees are looking for the flexibility of time away from their desks during their 8-hour working day. Our solutions look at making employees feel more connected to an organisation and enables collaboration buy merging people processes and technology.

A survey by the Future Workplace, a research firm specialising in preparing leaders for disruptions in recruiting, development and the employee experience, recently found that 76% of respondents believed work is no longer just about where you are – it’s also about what you get done. Driving this belief are generational changes in the workplace experience – both physically, and judged by the tools and technologies used. The survey found that 62% of respondents thought technology should help employees to be more productive and collaborate in a more interactive way.

Everything’s changing, and never more so than since the Internet of Things (IoT) began to play a role. The IoT has set the scene for a technological revolution, as the machines of all shapes and sizes location at home, in the office and surrounding our lives begin to communicate and automate tedious tasks and workloads, take care of our needs and allow us to focus on core business.

The Workplace of the Future requires teams to work smarter and more efficiently together – whether they’re face-to-face or thousands of miles apart. According to the Deloitte Millennial Survey, 59% of millennials considered the standard of the technology provided by potential employers when considering a job. What’s more, 78% of millennials said they were influenced by how innovative a company was when applying for a job.

Digitisation, globalisation and demographic change are changing the labour market and creating challenges for companies. At the same time, however, the future of work offers opportunities.

Demographic change: staff are also getting older

One key factor that will change the world of work in future is demographics. By 2030, the young population and number of people in middle age will both shrink considerably. The proportion of older people, on the other hand, will increase significantly. The consequence: a drastic reduction in workers aged 15 to 54 and increased competition for young members of staff.

The influence of globalisation

Advancing globalisation will also influence work in the future. It is breaking up established patterns of the global economy. In this context, economic centres that were based in Europe or the USA for decades are increasingly moving to Asia. And it will also be true in future that companies will produce even more than now in countries where labour costs are significantly lower.

Correspondingly, jobs that require minimal qualifications and skills are being created away from developed nations. Globalisation is not only shaking up job profiles and focal points of production. It is also making competition ever more intense.

The consequence: companies are forced to operate in various nations, sometimes with cross remote teams to enable greater productivity and profitability.

Digitisation creates new jobs

In addition to globalisation, digitisation is also a major factor for the future of work. First things first: the fear of the power of machines is not justified. Although many jobs will be lost through automation and other technologies, the creation of new careers will balance out the disappearance of other positions.

Digitisation creates more opportunities for skilled specialists and highly qualified staff in particular. In addition, it generates completely new professional branches: it is assumed that 65% of today’s children will do jobs in future that currently do not even exist.

Above all, companies will have increased demand for jobs involving research, communication, creativity, decision-making and coordination.

More and more people will work in corporate services, in the consulting, legal, administrative, engineering and IT sectors. Financial services providers and the healthcare and social services sectors are growing and will be advertising more positions in future. And the creative and communications industry is also experiencing an employment boom, especially in advertising and marketing.

Rethink the Future

Employers are looking for ways to attract and retain staff. A positive workplace experience helps achieve this goal. Space is currently a fixed cost but making it a variable cost can allow you to instigate change in your workplace strategy.

This is where occupancy management comes in handy: the “feeling of being connected” to an organisation is a real part of the workplace experience, increasingly achieved outside the world of the corporate intranet and e-mail. Today, it constitutes the main reason for a greater interest in digital signage.

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