When you hear the word “office” what pops in your mind? Big building filled with floors of cubicles? Is this the place where you store stuff, a place to put your jacket? Someplace that takes a while to get to. What if we took this opportunity to redefine what the “office” could be rather than allow it to be what is has been, let’s create the workspace for tomorrow’s workplace.
Tsedal Neeley (@tsedal) offered the idea that the new purpose of the office is “as a tool rather than a destination.” In this video I share ways to reimagine how space can be seen and used to support a hybrid flexible workplace. We can create new ways to utilize the physical space as flexible meeting and collaboration areas that support remote tools so when projects need conversations with team members the work could be supported in a hybrid flexible manner rather than trying to reserve a cramped conference room. Space could be configured in ways to promote people safely coming together while allowing physical distancing and providing improved air flow and filtration to meet health protocols.
Space is a new frontier (apologies to Star Trek) we can begin to use differently than we have before providing greater flexibility, is multi-functional, and supports a wide range of technology to blur the lines between in-person and remote conversations and supports active collaboration. If you would like to talk more about using learning, and the space it needs, as a strategic business tool to impact your team let’s Zoom or even use the phone to talk because together, we are stronger and we don’t need being remote or at a distance to keep us from connecting and engaging – let’s learn and work together! I’ll bring some coffee….