MILWAUKEE - The
workplace will undergo a significant transformation by 2040 if a
Johnson Controls’ report is accurate.
According to the
Smart Workplace 2040 report produced by Johnson Controls’ Global
WorkPlace Solutions, by 2040 knowledge workers will decide where and
how they want to work.
“Work will be
seen as something workers do, rather than a place they commute to
each day. Work patterns will be radically different compared with
today, with no fixed place or timetable. Instead, a new generation
of workspace consumers will choose their workplace based on an often
fluid work schedule. Most workers will frequently work from home,
and will choose to visit work hubs or a ‘trophy workplace,’ a highly
experiential environment where they meet and network with other
individuals,” according to the report.
there won’t be set work hours and the emphasis will be placed on
getting the work done and the employees’ wellness.
The report was
peer-reviewed in a series of three workshops in the U.S., Europe,
and Asia-Pacific involving 26 workplace experts.
“In 2040 we will
consume space, not own it, so the report envisions how this will
affect the everyday life of an employee and businesses,” said GWS
Global WorkPlace Innovation Director and report author Marie
Puybaraud in a statement. “The findings have implications for
leaders and real estate managers around the world as they anticipate
the way our society and technology is changing and transforming the
way we work.”
The report makes
eight recommendations, including dismantling the fixed office hours
model in favor of flexible working contracts, focusing workspaces on
end users’ needs and enhancing service delivery to embrace a high
human touch, while designing working environments that reflect new
ways of collaborating across teams.