By: Jill Mendoza Game Changers: 2014 by Robert Strohmeyer from Knoll is a great paper about 10 Tech Trends that are redefining the business world including the environments they inhabit. This paper is definitely worth a peek. In reading this piece, I was amazed by how our own 12 person design firm has been touched by all these trends either directly or indirectly through our clients. For example the first trend is noted as “Virtual Sharing & Document Collaboration”, and notes the cloud computing apps like Google Docs and Microsoft’s “new” Office 365 taking hold in the marketplace. It’s funny that it notes “new” for Office 365. IDO migrated to MS Office 365 in late 2012 and we have yet to master its full functionality. The next trend, “Mobile-First Workflow” describes the insurgence of laptop and tablet devises in the workplace. Although we have not completely ditched our desktop computers, mainly because of the software we must use, we are at a new 50/50 ratio of desktops verse laptops and we are moving in the Mobile-First direction. Although Robert notes this trend is “giving workers the freedom to work from anywhere”, we believe workers still want dedicated space. They don’t necessarily want and or need a permanent desk, but they still want spaces that they can call home at work. At the end of the day, “these new technologies will have an indelible impact on how to plan for the office in the coming years.” Here is a list of a few key considerations you may want to think about as you plan that future:
- Furniture should be a neutral platform for technology
- A variety of spaces for a variety of workstyles
- Connectivity is key
- Be sure to consider wellness and ergonomics
- Increase productivity with multi-device experience
Again this was a great article with a lot of great information for your current and future planning considerations. You can download a copy of the full paper here. We’d be interested in knowing how technology has impacted you and your business? What trends are you experiencing?