Today, intellectuals and skilled professionals don’t want to work in offices or outdated, cramped cubicle spaces of the past. Welcome to the digital age and a supersonic speed of change taking place in the recruitment world.

Boundary less and free individual orientation work Model

The thought of the future is that people will be looking more towards freelancing, start-ups and independent collaborations. People are already finding new ways to work and play while still keeping up with their professional development. The rise of the freelancing lifestyle means that even people fresh out of school desire a different kind of working world. This has given rise to a vast network of freelancers, consultants, start-ups and contract-employment. Start-up culture, contrary to earlier speculations is very much here to stay.

Future need for designer work space

The kind of environment these independent collaborators will design and prefer to work in will be vastly different from the cubicles of yesteryear. In the past, it was rare, if not unheard of to switch one‘s career midway, let alone every few years. Today, someone is maybe a lawyer, and then in the matter of a few years, they may change their profession, retrain and become a best-selling author. They have come about because of more choices in work and education spheres. Today, most millennials are in a certain position or profession because they choose to be there, and not out of socioeconomic necessity.

Choices driving decisions

Employers and recruiters need to focus on user experiences when designing workspaces. An active balance needs to be sought between productive work and rejuvenating leisure, all within the workplace. Mobility also matters when talking about choice. If any employee feels that they are going to be tied down and handcuffed to a position they may not like later, they are less willing to commit. Leaving doors open and having internal hiring systems that allow employees to move between their areas of expertise is prudent in today’s choice-driven world.

A Holistic approach

The future of work is also the future of living. Communities that support collaboration and entrepreneurship will be the ones to attract the top talent and drive innovation. Whether this is provided by an organizational setup or by a co-working community, what matters is that employees are given maximum exposure and are learning from one another so that a strong team is built from within. Workplaces will also incorporate common interest groups, healthy living practices as well as well-being services so that employees can stay physically, mentally, emotionally and most important intellectually healthy and thriving so they can contribute more as workers.

Roping in a new generation

Millennials are changing the hierarchy of organizational culture and entrepreneurship. To attract this new generation of workers, office spaces and workspaces will have to be designed in an innovative manner. The workplace may be remote or local. However, it needs to reflect the culture, the values and the needs of the next generation. A lot of offices have been designed with multiple uses in mind. There are spaces to complete formal work but also spaces to work casually. These multi-pronged spaces will be the “offices” of the future.

The future lies in collaboration

The future of workplaces will be a hybrid of digital and office environments. Going forward with the way that the world is evolving today, there will be many micro- niches and super-specialized professionals, which mean that there will be a greater need for collaboration. Whether collaboration is digital, in-person or a combination of both, the effective and productive collaboration will be of the essence, especially in environments where physical presence is limited. While digital resources and technologies are great, the old norms and accountabilities are rapidly changing, leaving many people in a lurch due to lack of face-to-face communication and concrete milestones. Collaborative workspaces will help us find the humanity in the technology so that we may channelize the digital world to our working needs, and not be slaves to it.

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