As the ever-changing landscape of the modern workplace continues to evolve, so do the ways in which we work. For 2018 and beyond, these are the ways of working that are predicted to not only be the most popular, but also most effective:
Having a wide variety of spaces for employees to work in – from the classic bank of desks set-up, to ancillary hotel-style spaces, is key to encouraging flexibility and sparking creativity. Allowing individuals and teams to match their moods or responsibilities to their setting means they can avoid the restraints of the office and (hopefully) think outside the box.
We are so tied to the idea of each individual employee having their own desk, but in 2018, is this really a necessity? Activity based working, which involves having pre-determined areas in which employees can carry out the necessary tasks, rather than always sitting at the same desk.
Internal co-working spaces:
Co-working spaces have been a huge trend in past years, with business owners and leaders now taking the initiative to bring them in-house. The idea is to foster a sense of sociability and creativity between teams and departments.
Flexible working continues to be an important way of working for many businesses. Whereas previously, flexibility usually referred to location, more leaders are focusing on the flexibility of time – allowing employees to work outside of the usual 9-5 grind, and encouraging self-motivation in the process.
The idea of one-click technology has the potential to be revolutionary for many businesses and employees. Being able to join a video integrated meeting at the click of a button may not strictly be a way of working in itself, however, it is a trend that will have a major impact on 2018 and beyond.