Written by:
Iain Blair

(Video) Workplace 2.0:
Breaking down the future of the
workplace (webinar)

In the last 20 years, the modern office has gone through a lot of change. The early noughties saw the death of cubicle farms and the rise of open floorplans and business parks. 2015 sparked the rise of Silicon Valley-style offices, complete with ping pong tables and break out spaces. And now we’re here in 2020, after years of being told to invest in our workspaces to create a productive environment for our workers, our workers are now working from home and our former team hubs and state of the art, innovative workspaces are sat empty.

What does this mean for the future of the workspace?

We recently joined forces with workplace design experts Interaction and fashion retail giant River Island to discuss the future of the workplace, and how the current pandemic has shifted the “role” of the office.

We were delighted to be joined by Managing Director of Interaction, Dieter Wood, who provided insights into some of the trends he’s seen and how attitudes towards office design and culture have changed as a result of the pandemic.

Joining Dieter was Charlie Wilkinson, Head of Tech at River Island. River Island famously invested in a spectacular workplace in the popular silicon roundabout tech hub of London. Since COVID hit, Charlie and his team have moved to complete remote working and as a result, don’t have the need for their London tech hub. He filled us in on his thoughts behind making this move and the impact it’s had on his team and the wider RI business.

Together tackled these questions…

What are the challenges with untrusting organisations and remote teams?

How are we keeping our teams productive and happy if they are fully remote?

Is the need for an innovative work hub still required?

Are teams more productive in the office? How does this relate across our different industries?

Is creativity being lost with the rise of remote teams?

Catch highlights from the webinar below…

If you would like to watch the webinar in full, please click here.

 

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