4 People Changing the Way We Think About the Office
Why isnΓÇÖt work working ΓÇô and what can we do about it? Is the open-plan office collaborative or crippling? How can we make the best use of tech within the workplace? Here we bring together video clips of four leading thinkers who are changing the way we think about the office.
Dave Coplin on Why Work IsnΓÇÖt Working
As MicrosoftΓÇÖs Chief Envisioning Officer, Dave Coplin has been one of the most-mentioned names of the year in relation to the changing world of work. In this beautifully illustrated video, Coplin discusses some of the key points from his book, Business Reimagined.
In just under ten minutes, Coplin packs in thoughts on how office design can hinder effective working and highlights how changing the workplace culture to empower employees can be both scary and rewarding.
Dr Nicola Millard on Choice and Tech in the Workplace
In this short clip, Dr Nicola Millard, Futurologist at BT, talks choice and technology in the workplace, and how globalisation is turning the 9-to-5 into the 5-to-9.
We were lucky enough to see Dr Millard speak at the BCA Conference earlier this year and she is an incredibly knowledgeable and influential voice on the future of work.
Julian Treasure on Sound and Productivity
Did you know that the background noise of an open-plan office can reduce productivity by as much as 66%? ThatΓÇÖs just one of the facts covered by Julian Treasure in this TED Talk on how sound affects us every day.
A must-listen that will change the way you think about the soundscape of your office.
Susan Cain on Introverts, Extroverts and the Workplace
Like Treasure, the workplace is just one facet of CainΓÇÖs area of interest. However, her research into the difference between introverts and extroverts has helped to highlight how these two different groups have very different needs in terms of working environment.
First and foremost, her work is a reminder of what we may instinctively already have known ΓÇô the open plan office doesnΓÇÖt work for everyone. YouΓÇÖll find much more on the topic in her book, Quiet: The power of introverts in a world that canΓÇÖt stop talking, but this TED Talk is a great place to start.
WhatΓÇÖs the most important change we should make in the office? And whatΓÇÖs our biggest challenge for the future?