Successful companies understand that the only thing you can predict about the future is that things will change. These companies focus on the agility needed to respond to the unforeseen with maximum certainty and minimum risk.
Imagine a large internet company that led the market in innovation 20 years ago. However, as is often the case with early adopters of new technologies and business models, this company was surpassed by newer, more agile competition. They needed to reinvent themselves in order to remain in business. Creativity and innovation, once again, had to be front and center.
To accomplish this, the company focused on employee engagement. They asked themselves what kind of environment would support the needs of the “future” business? What kind of environment would allow them to focus on collaboration, innovation and team building? What would attract top talent and make those new employees want to come to work?
As a result, the physical work environment is changing dramatically to refocus on attracting employees back to the office. This allows employees to be present and to work together in tight teams with joint deliverables. The outcome: engaged employees whose purpose, work style and goals are supported by their environment.
For this example and others – we have developed five key tips to future-proofing your workplace:
1. Identify and prioritize the most likely drivers for workplace change in your immediate future
2. Consider how the workplace can set companies up for success during changing times
3. Consider the consequences of not being prepared to meet these challenges creatively
4. Leverage industry best practices to get ahead in the game
5. Start today
In uncertain times, future-proofing your workplace can give you an edge in a competitive market, keep you viable and set you up for success down the road. The key is to build flexibility into the organization through the strategic alignment of people, technology and real estate with business goals.
Want to learn more? Read our full future-proofing insight paper: Future-Proof Your Workplace.