On February 14, we hosted a webinar around huddle spaces and their importance to the future of work and team collaboration.
Alan McGinty, Senior Director of the Global Workplace Innovation Group at Cisco presented on how the traditional workplace, one that looks similar to a cube farm array, is evolving to meet the needs of current workers and the new generation entering the workforce.
But what does this evolution look like?
The quick answer is: people need the right type of space for specific types of work.
In this webinar, Alan discussed how four large, global workplace trends are validating the need for changes to workspaces. Here they are:
1) Rapidly changing workforce demographic model. The current workplace needs to support four generations in the workplace (Baby Boomers, Gen X, Millennials, Digital Natives). Baby Boomers are beginning to leave the workforce and 61 million Gen Z’s will be entering workforce (a generation that has grown up with a digital device in hand). Companies need to be able to support their employees in a way they can work most effectively.
2) Demand for flexibility. Work is transforming into what we do, not where we go. People come into an office to engage in culture, be seen, collaborate. People aren’t coming into the office for the free food.
3) Changing work activities. Work is more automated than ever before. The team collaboration we need to support is around innovation/new ideas.
4) Acceleration and advancement of technology. As technology continues to progress, all companies are becoming technology companies.
Luckily, we have the answer to solve for these global workplace trends: Huddle spaces.
A Deloitte survey shows that agility and collaboration are key to company success. And that is the precise goal of huddle spaces: for teams to come together quickly and effectively to collaborate and make decisions.
When you think of a team meeting, what comes to mind? A room with chairs, a table, and videoconferencing device?
While yes, this is a type of huddle space, it’s just one in a sea of many. Huddle spaces can take many forms, in many locations. The most important factors are that the technology and the space create a cohesive user experience and empower employees to perform most effectively to do the work they need to do (ie: sharing content, making audio and video calls, white-boarding).
For more in-depth conversation, including information on huddle space analytics and the importance of space design and location for team collaboration, watch the webinar on-demand: here. The slides presented in the webinar are also accessible: here.
Let us know if you have any comments and/or questions and follow this link here to learn more about Huddle Spaces.
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