Office 21 – The future of work in the sights of science
How will we work and live in the future? As with every type of futurology, this question can be easily accused of being pure speculation. However, scientific concepts such as the joint research project Office 21 initiated by the Fraunhofer-Institut für Arbeitswirtschaft und Organisation (IAO, Frauenhofer institute for Industrial Engineering) show that the future of work has long since left the realms of idle speculation. As an affiliate partner of the IAO, CA Immo not only benefits from the research results, but also contributes its own experience to the project.
Significantly: Working in a knowledge-based society
An undeniable starting point in the profound change is the transformation, which has long since been achieved and is steadily progressing, from a society based on production and services to one based on knowledge, accompanied by the recognition that this knowledge must be distributed in order to be productive. The result is a growing need for cooperation and communication – and out of that, the need for adequate working environments: The offices in which knowledge professionals work must improve performance, sustain health and be inspiring. Technical functionality is absolutely essential.
Changing tasks, increased internationality and constant acquisition of new knowledge shape the knowledge-based world of work. Competitive work on all levels and self-organised teamwork are as much a requirement as they are a result of successful processes.
New world of work – new values
The most important corporate resource is and remains the employee – inasmuch as they are not only professionally but also mentally a part of the business community and share and live out its central values.
for positive coexistence and interest in the work of others
to cooperate and readiness to help
based on motivation and mutual trust
in terms of the efficient use of space, infrastructure and natural resources
of the office – even in the most pragmatic sense of being able to reach it optimally using public transport.
Of course, it is not only the employees’ responsibility to provide and develop relevant values – on the contrary, the employers must create an atmosphere that is considerate in all respects. It should be worth the effort because the benefits are overwhelming. Here the Fraunhofer IAO cites factors including the significantly better possibility of integrating freelancers into projects, creating synergies, discovering talents and – last but not least – implementing projects more quickly and more sustainably. Sources: www.iao.fraunhofer.deWhat is your personal opinion of the new working world: Are you already there? Or do you still have your doubts? Find out, compare and share your results at www.my-o.de .