The workplace has evolved incredibly – from a time when physical skill and labour were the main focus, to today’s landscape, dominated by technological advancements. It’s safe to say that the idea of work, and the worker, has undergone quite the transformation over the centuries.
So how do we prepare for the next step in the evolution of the workplace? The answer may be simpler than we thought.
In the current economic climate, businesses are pro-actively changing in response to the growing expectations of their workers.
Now that people are defining the future of work, we need to examine their needs, their values and their purpose. In doing so, companies are following all kinds of ‘workplace trends’ to attract top talent. But the successful workplaces are those that have three core elements at their centre: Technology, Design and Culture. Each element on its own is a kickstarter to a better workplace, but when used in support of each other, they are a recipe for a brand new paradigm of work, possibly the best we’ve seen so far.
‘The workplace of tomorrow’ is a term that most organisations are striving towards these days. It seems that everyone wants to hitch a ride on the workplace wellness bandwagon with companies adopting practices from agile working, to yoga and nap pods.
The real workplace of tomorrow, however, will be shaped by much more than a passing trend. In fact, the working landscape has already changed dramatically over the past decade and rapid changes continue to happen before our eyes. So how do we keep up? The answer may be simpler than you think…
Rod Janover - Engine House Co-working
BRM has absolutely loved working with Engine House and we've enjoyed watching this awesome co-working space expand into its new location in Balaclava, Victoria. Engine House represents everything that is great about the changing landscape of today's workplace. We recently sat down with one of its founders, Rod Janover to talk about his experience of building the ultimate in co-working spaces.
Scott Coles - CEO, Optalert Australia
This week we sat down with Scott Coles of Optalert, a tech company that is changing the way we detect driver fatigue. BRM Projects has enjoyed a long standing relationship with Optalert, working with its innovators over a number of different projects over the years. Scott kindly agreed to share the challenges and benefits of his workplace from the perspective of CEO.
A recent study conducted by Hassell Architects and Empirica Architects examined the role of the physical workspace in choosing a job. This Australian study has uncovered some interesting facts about the link between people, design and culture in our national workplace landscape.
Sorry, did we say “trends” ?
Well it just so happens that the workplace practices mentioned below are being picked up so quickly by companies around the world, they're becoming the norm, rather than a passing craze!
Client: YSAS, Melbourne
This leading NFP agency enables young disadvantaged people to access the resources and support they require to lead a fulfilling life. In recent years, the YSAS team has increased in numbers and in 2018 the organisation called upon BRM to help it maximise its current workspace in order to fit more workers and create a healthier and more productive working environment.
Eleanor Eshel: OT & Ergonomist at InHouse OT
Every project we deliver reflects our commitment to healthy workplaces so it's safe to say that Ergonomists are our friends here at BRM Projects! Today we sat down with Eleanor Eshel, one of our favourites in the business of OT and Ergonomics. In this interview Eleanor offers us a helpful perspective on the role of ergonomics in business and general workplace wellbeing.....
Historically, meeting rooms and the boardroom are the spaces given priority when it comes to the office re-vamp.
But it's the 'Break Out' space which has arisen as the star space of the modern workplace. A well designed break out space will bring enormous benefits to your organisation. Whether used for collaboration, creativity, work or rest, these areas can prove to be an excellent use of space and ass value to your organisation.
Read on to find out 4 of our favourite ways to use a breakout space in the workplace....
counting beans on bean bags - can accounting firms adopt activity based working? a look at knp solutions
Australia's financial sector has been captivated by the workplace design trend of ABW (Activity Based Working), with major firms such as PWC adopting the model almost a decade ago and other similar firms following suit.
When BRM Projects began working with knp Solutions, a Melbourne-based accounting firm, it was settled into its 22 year old traditional office space with a location and building that was suited to both clients and staff.
It was an unexpected eviction notice mid-lease and additional partners that triggered the need for a change of location and company direction.....
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