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New report: World of Work in 2019

Cordless is pleased to be able to share a recent report from our sister company, the WORKTECH Academy.

The publication draws together predictions, ideas and scenarios for the year ahead from the Global Partners of WORKTECH Academy. We live in such uncertain times, with political turmoil, economic confusion, digital disruption and polarised opinions all over the world, that any kind of future-gazing can make fools of the best of us. But eight contributors have crafted short essays that sketch out what might be coming to a workplace near you.

In the opening piece, our CEO Philip Ross sets out seven ideas that will reshape the workplace – from the physical social network to the voice revolution that is leading a backlash against open plan. Laurie Aznavoorian of BVN Architects proposes that 2019 will be a big year for disruptive construction technologies that will usher in a new type of fast-build office. Natalie Slessor of Lendlease meanwhile argues that we’re leaving the ‘workplace era’ and entering the ‘work-life era’ in which place-making, healthy choices, nature and human connections combine to make a difference. If you’re puzzled by the slow recovery of office productivity, Aki Stamatis of Fourfront Group explains that leadership strategy will continue to be the defining factor in raising performance in 2019 – but there must be closer integration with workplace design. Gabor Nagy of Haworth shares research on the rise of corporations creating their own coworking-inspired spaces, a trend that will gather pace this year, and Simon Elliot of Aramark looks at the role of food in the future of work. His recipe? We can expect smaller, more nimble retail footprints, more coffee and authentic flavours in 2019.

Finally, John Hilderbrands of Condeco sets out the key drivers for digital transformation, a journey many companies are on and Kasia Maynard of WORKTECH Academy suggests that awe-inspiring features and biophilia-rich spaces are on the workplace design agenda for 2019. 

To request a copy of the report, email 

Date: Wed, 06 Mar 2019 11:28:25 +0000 GMT

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