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Digital automation, working-from-anywhere, collaboration by Zoom – the way we work is changing at an incredible pace. 电竞竞猜外围 is helping clients to rethink and reimagine both the way work is done and the way their real estate is designed. 

Brendan Tangney

Brendan Tangney

Europe Strategy and Insights Leader
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Digital automation, working-from-anywhere, collaboration by Zoom – the way we work is changing at an incredible pace. 电竞竞猜外围 is helping clients to rethink and reimagine both the way work is done and the way their real estate is designed. 

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Work is changing rapidly in the 21st century. As digital tools and data take on some of the most repetitive tasks, there’s a new focus on human interaction, collaboration and stimulation. Businesses are becoming less hierarchical, more like communities, but offices, workplaces and headquarters still represent the factory-based thinking of the early 20th century. Whether we are working for end-user tenants, asset managers, landlords and developers or initial investors, 电竞竞猜外围 is helping clients to rethink a fixed, physical environment in an era of great change. 

Navigating the new work agenda

Understandably, there are no simple, one-size-fits-all solutions to the question of what makes an effective modern workplace. Rather, we are helping organisations to consider which elements of change are most beneficial to them, before exploring the implications for both their physical environment and working practices.  

Post-pandemic, some organisations are leaning into working flexibility, allowing their people to work whenever and wherever works best for them. Others are recognising the need to offer more collaborative and stimulating environments, where teams can thrive. Others still are realising that they’re less geographically dependent – it’s the digital infrastructure plus cultural engagement that their people really rely on. The only unifying factor is change itself: to do nothing in the face of these powerful trends is no longer an option.  

The pandemic has also shone a much needed light on employee safety and wellbeing, and provided an opportunity to embed this agenda in an organisation’s structure and operation. A business’ resilience starts with its people.


How we help you

Our 21st century workplace team bring a wealth of expertise from traditional workplace strategy to digital advisory and occupational health. The team works with clients to develop a framework for thinking through these issues and responding to them in the most effective way:


Rethink the workspace

Rethink the workspace

Human, inclusive, social – the office is no longer simply a place to sit and work. Today’s employees expect adaptable spaces, ones where they can develop relationships, gain skills and greater confidence.  

Our spatial planning teams help clients to think through what these trends mean for the design and form of their workspaces. There are also growing ways to ‘go circular’, reusing materials instead of simply buying new and producing more CO2 emissions. 

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Invest in the right technology

Invest in the right technology

Every organisation needs a detailed strategy for an effective digital workplace.  It’s a chance to plan your technology in a way that reflects your people’s evolving work requirements and organisational structure.  It’s also vital to create equity between those remote and locally based, as the hybrid ways of working gain popularity.  

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Embrace wellbeing and sustainability

Embrace wellbeing and sustainability

Human wellbeing and the race to net zero should both shape the modern workplace.  Air quality issues intersect with carbon footprint through key systems like air conditioning and passive cooling. Smart control systems can address everything from energy use to environmental performance and Covid safety.  In broader terms, tackling wellbeing and sustainability in a joined-up way builds an organisation’s appeal and resilience. It strengthens an organisation’s culture and identity and its sense of the future. 

Be a good neighbour

Be a good neighbour

Workplaces are a chance to add to our great towns and cities, an opportunity to connect with the local area and community. Progressive brands and bodies are looking on their estates as a chance to offer recreational and social spaces, building awareness in the city around them. A campus or site that appeals to a wider range of age groups, genders, and visitors, is building a genuinely 21st century brand experience. 

Leadership in a changing world

There is talk of a new social contract in the workplace, and that also means a new conversation about what spaces are for and how best to use them. Flexibility is emerging as a new corporate virtue – in roles, locations and the form of the physical working environment. 

Strong, imaginative leadership is key to success in this era of adaptation. It means getting your people involved, to co-design the future of work and the most relevant environment for their needs. This is an opportunity to build a more collaborative culture with your employees or to establish a deeper connection between your people, clients, customers.  

While we are all benefitting from powerful digital collaboration tools, many buildings and estates still need to be reshaped to take true advantage. It’s also vital that those working remotely don’t become forgotten, underappreciated by those returned to workplaces – we need to retain our focus on equity in the era of digital/physical working.  

Our workplace consultancy team is helping clients to plot their way through this changing landscape, conducting focus groups to developing culture change programmes. For some organisations it’s already proving a valuable opportunity to shift from simply employing a workforce to running a thriving, collaborative community. 

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Work vs workplace – a new debate

Everyone knows that the company is not the desks or the computers, it’s the people – but that still leaves big questions to answer. How does changing your property portfolio or your building’s design affect performance? Which trends are here to stay, and which might fade? Which mix of design and cultural changes will make your business more resilient to change? Our workplace of the future team can provide a useful framework for thinking through these elements and shaping future investments.

The reconfiguring of physical space has profound implications for the way companies operate and develop in future. Organisations need to ensure that everyone’s contribution is recognised and that their people have equal opportunity for advancement and development, even when working remotely. There are also new emerging etiquettes to office life – from when tasks are completed to how communications are responded to – all things organisations must think through. 

The path ahead

Our approach is to help clients to start this conversation, taking a human-centred approach to these often overlooked or unfamiliar questions. It’s a time to hear from your employees, imagine new futures, and to be bold – these trends will continue to redefine what work is and how it is conducted. Responding to these questions is a chance to revitalise your organisation, adopt a start-up ethos, experiment, and in so doing, reconnect with your people and build an organisation that talented people want to join. 

Ultimately, the changing workplace is an opportunity for innovation, for differentiation, and to set new standards of sustainability in an increasingly regulated world. Responsible and resilient businesses will be ones that are prepared to rethink the way that they work.