According to Webster, YourDictionary.com and Britannica, “workplace” is defined, respectively, as:
- a place, such as a shop or a factory, where work is done
- the location where you are employed, and you go to work every day
- the office, factory, etc where people work
While all these definitions may still be appropriate for some, we are thinking about “the workplace” with a broader lens. . .crossing industries and layering in new considerations. . . in order to provide clients with a unique strategic perspective that will work within your culture and for your teams.
Workplace is fast becoming less about the physical environment: your workplace might be a store, or a warehouse, or a factory, or an office….the rhythms of who’s in/who’s out will influence the culture, regardless of what type and where the work is done. The best workplace environment is collaborative and inclusive, embracing all types of people. In an office in particular, physical environments will become more collaborative and multi-functional, which will ultimately affect overall space needs, and influence portfolio strategies.
This is all to say that the workplace will increasing become more about the experience within the environment, and the destination for an event: whether the event is the typical workday, a planned collaborative engagement, or simply a time to bond with colleagues. Work can happen anywhere…we’ve all proven that. Meaningful connections will happen in the destination that is your “workplace”.