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Brief Published: 8 Jun 2015

The Workplace of 2040

In 2040, workers will be workplace consumers who are totally in control of where, how and when they work

In 2040, workers will be "workplace consumers" who are totally in control of where, how and when they work, according to Smart Workplace 2040 – a new report by tech multinational Johnson Controls.

The report envisages a day in the life of Nina, a digital native and mother of two who grew up in a society where entrepreneurship is the norm. Nina places a premium on individual wellbeing, choice and fluidity. She believes work is something you do, not somewhere you commute to.

Nina lives in a smart home – her main workplace – that automatically adjusts light, temperature and other variables according to her family's bio-health indicators. Her working patterns are not fixed around places or timetables: she flits between an environmentally friendly campus and a "trophy workplace", where she can network in a highly experiential environment.

The report offers a number of future insights for brands and employers.

  • Make Wellness a Priority: Wellness services in the workplace will become a priority in an increasingly health-conscious society, as a means to avoid tech burnout.
  • Foster Flexible Facilities: Prioritise end users' needs and prepare for their constantly evolving demands. Tech-based solutions will underpin social, cohesive and adaptive working environments.

  • End Fixed Office Hours: Offer flexible working contracts to support the emerging range of radical working patterns.

  • Shake Up Management: New organisation structures will be needed to manage highly dispersed teams.

  • Track for Efficiency: Use non-intrusive tracking to respond to user demand and boost efficiency in the flexible workplace.

See Digital Nomads and The Living Workspace for more on how flexible working is radically changing the workplace.

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