The convivial future: M Moser’s Steve Gale envisions your next office at 2020 Workplace Network
18 May 2015, New York City
The ‘Workforce of the Future’ was the guiding theme on 7-8 May when M Moser’s Steve Gale joined speakers from some of the world’s most influential companies at the latest 2020 Workplace Network conference in New York. Attended by a high proportion of human resource executives, Gale’s presentation offered an intriguing answer to the question: “How do we get our people to share information to foster creativity and innovation?”
Dubbed ‘the convivial workplace’, the concept revealed by Gale may radically change how offices are designed and expectations of how they work.
Convivial offices are designed to encourage people to move about, mix and make social contacts outside their own team or department. The result is a network of ‘asymmetric’ social/professional connections from which unexpected – sometimes game-changing – innovations arise.
“The idea is to combine work and socialisation across the whole office, and not just in a cafeteria destination where you leave after a short time,” says Gale, who works as M Moser’s senior workplace strategist in London.
To achieve this, the convivial office would be a much ‘looser’ workplace than we’re used to, with few spaces even looking like dedicated work areas. Instead, imagine an office where there is little or no assigned seating, and which looks like a combination of workspace, lounge and cafeteria.
But as Gale pointed out, the culture has to be there to allow the architecture to work: “People need to have clear permission to foster social relationships as part of their day job.
“If you want to attract and keep the best people, and help them share their wisdom, this is an element of the workplace that needs consideration.”
Click here to read Huffington Post’s article on the convivial office.