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Some Thoughts For Year End

Robert H. Lane,  December 31, 2015

As we approach a new year (yes a leap year), we wanted to take a moment and share with you some thoughts for 2016 and what we might see and expect to happen in business entities. Yes, more waves of disruptive technology (social media, mobility, analytics, big data, and cloud).

What will this mean to you as business executives?  Are you ready to cope with how this will affect you current operations and in particular your facilities? 

I want to share with you an article recently created by a good friend -. 

Jim Young - He is the Co-Founder and CEO Realcomm: (www.realcomm.comis the leading research and educational institution that produces annual conferences and expositions on technology, automated business solutions and intelligent buildings strategies for executives in commercial, corporate, government … and

               Technology   +   Innovation   +   Millennials 

What is Next for the Workplace?

Author: Jim Young, Co-Founder & CEO, Realcomm

It was not too long ago that you simply went to an office and did your work. You went there to use expensive equipment, store your files and collaborate with your peers. Prior to mobile phones, you made calls using the company phone. Meetings were held in conference rooms and video conferencing was something in a Star Trek movie. There were no free meals or drinks, no baristas, pool tables or on site cleaners. Work was work…how that has changed. 

In addition to all the technology changes in recent years, another phenomenon is occurring at the exact same time: the coming of age of the millennials. While there is no official timeframe, consensus puts millennials’ birth years between 1980 and 2000. That would make their age today between 15 and 35. This means every day, the millennials become more of an influence in the workplace. As this group ages and takes on more leadership roles, their influence will continue to grow as the baby boomers and generation X move aside. What will the millennials’ workplace look like five years from now?

All generations experience various behavioral influences. For millennials, technology has and will continue to play a major role in their behavior at work. Mobile devices that offer up texting, Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, video conferencing, instant media, immediate social feedback on everything (and so much more) are reshaping how they gather, organize, analyze, reformat and distribute information. Not only is that effectively impacting the workplace, there is evidence these processes are actually reshaping how their brains process information (neuroplasticity).

In addition to mobile devices, millennials are getting ready for a whole new generation of technology associated with wearables and the Internet of Things. Connected everything means sensors in your shirt, in your shoes, in your watch, your hat, socks and even undergarments. Will this all prove to be of great value? Or just another set of distractions in an already noisy workplace? There are also implications of privacy and security. What happens to the airport and lobby screening when everyone is wearing a computer?

What about the newest technologies that will become commonplace for millennials in the near future? Drones, robots, immersive experiences, 3D printing and nanotechnology are just a few of the technologies poised for major disruption of not only what happens at work but also major supply chains. With companies like Google and Amazon working to organize the sky’s proliferation of drones, what does your HR policy say about pizza getting delivered to the office by a drone?

There are major questions developing for the millennials workforce and the new workplace they require:
1) Are the perks and distractions too much? Are we moving too far away from the concept of work? How does their actual productivity stack up with other generations?

2) As technology advances, is the space keeping up? Is wireless coverage adequate and able to support a hyper-connected world?

3) Is there some benefit to ‘no-tech’ zones, where old-fashioned communications and human interaction is encouraged?

4) How are privacy and security systems and policies being developed? As security is increased, privacy is impacted. How do millennials feel about that tradeoff?

5) As mobile technology becomes more powerful and enabling, what are the polices for use in the workplace? Is texting your friend in the middle of an important meeting acceptable? What if proprietary or confidential information is being discussed? Do you use technology to block signals? More access, less access, where is the balance?

6) As clothing becomes smarter and bodycams become part of the discussion as we see in law enforcement today, how does this affect open dialogue, creativity, privacy?

These are just a few of the questions we consider for the workplace of the future as technology continues its march and millennials become even more influential

It is never too soon to start thinking about what you need to do within your organization. Our team is ready to help you. Give us a call 

Best for 2016 

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