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Beyond four walls: Navigating the evolution of the adaptive workplace

An adaptive workplace is more than furniture on wheels, it’s about purposeful, iterative changes over time. But what is purposeful change? And how can we use it to address both short and long-term business goals?

Join workplace strategists, Frances Gain and Grant Christofely, as they explore the intricacies of the adaptive workplace in our latest Place of Work podcast episode.

Unraveling the need for change

A global shift is underway as the transformative impact of the pandemic continues to reshape working practices. When coupled with a growing emphasis on environmental sustainability, organisations are reconsidering more traditional, fixed workplace solutions. In response, there is a growing trend towards creating adaptable, multi-functional environments that can seamlessly evolve to meet new demands.

The strategy behind adaptability

Asking the right questions to uncover the real client needs is fundamental to a successful design process. The goal is not a one-size-fits-all solution but a tailored, adaptive workplace that addresses the unique demands of each organisation.

The evolution of work

Looking back at the history of the workplace, we see a significant departure from the rigid norms of the past. Technology continues to transform the way we view work. It’s time to reconsider the workplace’s purpose and find solutions that can help us continue to adapt.

Designing for inclusivity

The workplace a tool for driving performance. However, what works for one might not work for all. Spaces that respond to the diverse needs of the workforce can help support happiness, health and wellbeing, which, in turn, benefit performance and business health.

Adaptive workplace realities

An adaptive workplace goes beyond movable furniture; it requires purposeful, iterative changes. Designing for flexibility involves understanding the benefits to the business and anticipating how work styles may evolve over time.

A conversation with stakeholders

Creating an adaptive workplace involves a continuous conversation with stakeholders. From understanding the needs of employees to rethinking how to fund and reduce real estate, the approach is dynamic. Testing, measuring and a commitment to improvement must become ingrained in the organisational culture.

The challenge lies not only in the physical design but in fostering a workplace culture that aligns with the evolving needs of employees. Data collection becomes paramount in making informed decisions, while an improvement mentality drives gradual, meaningful change that resonates with employees.

Learn more about the adaptable workplace.

Frances Gain

Associate Director, Workplace Strategy and Transformation

Grant Christofely

Associate Director, Workplace Strategy

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