“I think that there will still be a place where people go to work, but you can work anywhere. Going to the office will be a moment for meeting each other. Another aspect is individualization and customization. For example: adapting the temperature and lights to your own preference. That is where I see opportunities in the technology field. No longer ‘one size fits all’, but the ability to adjust things matching your wishes.”
“The possibility will arise that you will be challenged not to sit behind your computer screen. It is common to sit behind your laptop for two to four hours straight. The whole transformation of being able to work flexibly, productivity is going to take place on your smartphone or portable device. I believe in a work environment that supports you more in the back-end.”
“The changes that I envision are in the way we work with each other and buildings adapting to these changes. There are tons of movements happening at the moment and the impact on organizations is massive. Working must be organized differently, because we work on shorter terms, with different people and with a variety of skills and ways of working. Themes such as health and well-being have become more prominent: how can we deal with people in their work environment, how can we make people more productive and successful? Another movement is that buildings become ‘smarter’. For this reason, I can’t define the future of work and workspaces. Interestingly, WeWork, a worldwide network of workplaces, will collaborate with universities to facilitate study spaces outside of regular working hours.”
“One of the movements I see happening and apply in my own business is decentralization. For example, I have eight employees who work in four different offices and we meet once or twice a week in Amsterdam. This is the newest way of ‘flexworking’. I prefer my employees to work closer to their homes to save their valuable time, which would otherwise be wasted on traveling to the office or being stuck in traffic.”
It is quite surprising to see that startups and corporates are aligned when it comes to their vision for the future. Both are open-minded about adopting innovative technologies and embracing the changes that need to be made soon. But both are also exposed to technological disruptions.
How open-minded towards the future are you?