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The Future in Present Tense

Three Dynamic Strategies for Managing Future-Fluid Spaces

Posted by Kai Thompson  |  September 28, 2020

Preface

In addition to safeguarding the wellbeing of their people, organizations now find themselves striving to keep pace with the sudden acceleration in the advancement of workplace technology. To establish new business models and management practices that not only integrate the use of these technologies into their workforce but govern how people adapt to and work in partnership with the technology available to them.

In a post-COVID world, purpose, potential, perspective, and possibility are no longer future-focused aspirations, but the reality of the here and now.”

Erica Volini

Deloitte Consulting LLP

Since the immergence of COVID-19, one of the most prominent lessons of our collective experience has been the true value of communing together. For the sake of community, people across the globe stayed apart from one another for the better part of this year. Organizations were sent scrambling in search of solutions that allowed work to continue despite physical distancing protocols that kept people in their homes and out of offices. In the face of unprecedented odds, the ideals behind connection, community, and collaboration managed to hold true and even sustain the very fabric of society. As we move forward into a new era—where health and safety have taken renewed importance—we must reimagine the workspace experience in its entirety. Here we outline three strategies for building a sustainable post-COVID future for your business.

1. Remote Work as a Culture and a Practice

It’s time to rethink how work gets done. In the wake of profound societal and organizational shifts, business leaders have the opportunity to redesign the future of work, building on the practices implemented as a means to surviving the crisis and integrating lessons learned as their people return to the workplace. Virtual teams can be challenging to manage, but with a clear strategy and the right set of tools, leaders can ensure that their unique culture transcends physical boundaries. Actions that managers can take to support remote employees include consistent communication, establish and manage expectations, focus on outcomes rather than activity, supply proper resources, be flexible, make time for team building activities and ‘non-work’ conversations. Another suggestion: Identify what jobs can be done remotely, as well as which jobs must be carried out in person, and to what degree. Roles can then be reclassified into three major employee segments: fully remote, hybrid remote, or onsite only.

2. Agile Workspace Configurations

Chart a new path forward by redesigning your workspace to support organizational priorities. It’s impossible to predict what technology or work-culture disruptor will strike next but staying flexible is the best way to ensure the longevity of your workspace. Agile workspaces – designed for maximum flexibility and hybrid functionality – empower employees to work how, where and when they choose, and give them all the technology and tools they need. Creating an agile office requires much more than simply transforming your physical space, it also requires a shift in organizational thinking.

3. Technology and Controlled Access (stage the return to work)

Using industry leading apps like inpixon to capture, interpret and visualize your building’s data can help make your indoor space(s) smarter, safer, and more secure by providing indoor mapping and contact tracing; identifying areas or assets within your space that require sanitation; configuring wayfinding paths and offering customizable navigation options to minimize unnecessary interactions; leveraging advanced indoor analytics to gain invaluable insights into how visitors and employees interact with your buildings and address complex and evolving needs across your enterprise on an ongoing basis.

Here to help you succeed

Splice offers a suite of services built for the day-to-day, long-term, and anything in-between. Whether you’re moving, growing, or evolving, we’re here to help you handle the finer details while doing the heavy lifting.

  • Need help managing your space? We offer schematic design, occupancy planning, tenant improvements, and FF&E planning services geared toward establishing and accommodating greater flexibility.
  • Need help measuring, evaluating, and adapting your space? Splice’s space utilization services can help you identify how much of your current space is being used versus what you actually need. We also offer staff and facility infrastructure augmentation to help you take swift, cost-effective action on high priority tasks.
  • Need help maintaining your space? In addition to our staff and technology augmentation services, Splice can work with you to build out your own real time interactive real estate management dashboard, giving you the ability to make informed decisions in less time and with greater confidence.

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