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Office of 2030
A discussion with a group of millennials in the workplace design community discuss the office of 2030 Read more
Office of 2030
A lunchtime round table, hosted by BW Interiors, brought together a group of millennials within the workplace design community (including BDG’s Margarita Ianev) to discuss the office of 2030.
The discussion started with “is agile work working?” – the group agreed that agile doesn’t mean total open plan with bean bags and slides between floors, it means a workplace that suits the activities of your team and what their task are at different times. If a business has a traditional office based environment, such as a law firm, becoming agile could mean having unassigned offices to be booked at times when their staff need them, alongside a variety of work settings for other times. An increase in more shared areas in offices to facilitate interaction; sharing ideas and the opportunity to choose the work setting that suits them, is more relative to how millennials work.
Technology in the workplace, for many millennials, who are already so used to having linked devices; music streaming and apps for everything was a hotly debated topic. There was agreement that email was not always the most productive tool, it feels outdated and doesn’t foster communication – we need to calculate how effective emails are and not the number sent and received (or even unread). Alongside this, for electronic filing, saving files by tagging rather than a traditional system of saving work into folders is a more intuitive way of saving and indeed searching for files.
So, will the office of 2030 bring all these initiatives together? Each asked for one thing that the 2030 office will have, the millennials present said “more communication”; “a culture of trust”; “wellbeing”; “technology” and “inspiring spaces” were the most important aspects for them.
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However, being the BDG team's inaugural game, the cracks began to show as Vitra came back to lead 5-4 at the break. At 7-5 up, Vitra looked like taking the win, but with 10 minutes to go, BDG found that extra gear to come out eventual winners 10-7.
The next game is scheduled for Tuesday 30 September. If any other teams are interested in playing the BDG team, please let us know!
Photography courtesy of Phil Hutchinson.