In the history of work, each step change in technology has altered how work is organized, the tasks employees handle and the places where they work. Whether it’s rows of typists in the 1960s, or the cubicle onslaught of the 1980s, the visual cues, tools, layout and location of the places where work is done speak volumes about what is expected of the people who work there.
With the shift into digital, this trend hasn’t changed. In fact, at a time when virtual work and a “no-office” culture have never been more possible, the workspace matters more than ever. But like before, the latest evolution of work necessitates a reexamination of interior design, digital workflows and even corporate locations.
To better understand the interplay between workspace and output, we conducted a study of 500 business executives to find out how leaders see workspace evolving, and what they are doing to supercharge the space around them. This is what we learned.