Digital transformation is fundamentally changing the way we work at a rapid pace. On the one and, algorithms are doing more and more routine tasks. And on the other hand, people are now able to work with higher levels of flexibility and at almost any location imaginable. At the same time, it is a social interaction that leads knowledge workers to new ideas. Conversations, discussions and the exchange of ideas in person comprise one of the key drivers of creativity and the dissemination of knowledge and new concepts. That’s why many business enterprises are now looking for ways to create the structures and spaces needed to successfully promote productivity and innovation. The FABO Insights Workshop provides many ideas and new approaches to the right work environments for all kinds of enterprises in the digital world – both today and tomorrow.
FABO – where the future is at work
What will work be like ten years from now? More relaxed, more creative and more productive. Those are the targets that play a major role in the development of innovative work environments. The Office 21® research project launched by the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering (IAO) in 1996 has been working on the scientific analysis and development of groundbreaking workplace concepts by systematically investigating the impact of new approaches to work environments. Fujitsu, along with other project partners, is deeply involved in this process and has applied IAO research findings to realize 11 innovative workplace prototypes through the Fujitsu Activity Based Office (FABO). Real concepts for workplaces are therefore available. Business enterprises can discover and explore these concepts and discuss their potential with experts.
Success factor: the work environment
Rotating from one workspace to another is quite normal for employees today. They move from their offices to meeting rooms, project offices, or from their home offices to various company sites to conduct meetings, not to mention visits with partners and customers. Although work has become more flexible in this regard, research studies indicate that the office environment is still a major success factor. The impact of office environments on well-being, motivation, employee satisfaction, performance, and retention should not be underestimated.
To make sure that the work environment has a positive effect on employees, it is essential for planners to put the main focus on people and their needs. This “human-centric” approach means that classic rigid structures need to be banned from the workplace, and the typical open-space office concept must also become a thing of the past. But which factors must be taken into consideration when doing this? How should business enterprises make these changes? These and other essential questions will be discussed in detail with experts and decision-makers during the FABO Insights Workshop.
Create space for innovation
There is no “silver bullet” when it comes to finding the right solution for the workplace in general. Workplace planning is really an individualized process which looks at the various work styles people have – and the process quite often requires the further development of a company’s culture. This aspect essential to creating the freedom and space that will boost employee flexibility, in addition to supporting the design of spaces that will allow for co-working, social interaction and concentrated individual work styles.
Well-being – the sense of “feeling good” at work – is at the core of designing innovative work environments. This important human-centric approach already mentioned above involves all employees in the process and proves to be very effective and successful. It allows for the early identification of specific requirements and also reveals points of resistance which can then be addressed proactively. When it comes to innovative office concepts, recent research findings have served as the basis for many exciting developments in recent years. For example, today we know that having a common or shared work location is very important to most people. It is also clear that bright, roomy and flexible work environments boost motivation as well as employee efficiency. Of course, research also indicates that many decisive factors have often been neglected or not viewed as being significant. For example, take a look at the subject of light. Light is essential for our so-called “inner clock”. Employers who install biologically efficient lighting at the workplace will definitely increase the energy, alertness, and motivation of their employees. Displays can promote a natural reading posture and help prevent fatigue along with neck and back pain at the workplace. Another example is the “clean desk” concept. Human-centric innovation is the concept behind these and other such measures. It can lead to modular, ergonomically designed workplaces that meet the needs of employees, increase efficiency and productivity and create a high level of satisfaction. Fujitsu continuously incorporates the latest research results into his unique human-centric approach. The focus on people and the implementation of innovative technology concepts ensure that solutions are always tailored to people’s needs.
Two days dedicated to the workplace of the future
Without a doubt, the aspects which must be included in the workplace design process are many and varied, to say the least. That’s why the FABO Insights Workshop brings together recognized experts and diverse partners from the Office 21 network for an informative and rewarding two-day workshop. On the first-day expert, keynotes will be presented to provide participants with insights into future workplace concepts, along with information about current research projects. These presentations serve as the basis for a follow-up question and answer sessions, not to mention opportunities for discussions with workshop attendees and other decision-makers. The second day provides exclusive insights into the world of the future workplace – through visits to various locations and companies that are already implementing future-oriented concepts for their working environments. This gives participants the perfect opportunity to be inspired and to receive first-hand tips on how to design the workplace of the future.
Scientifically sound and practice-oriented – that is what makes the FABO Insights Workshop so special. The two-day workshop offers decision-makers the unique opportunity to find in-depth information about intelligent workplace design and its economic benefits. They will truly be inspired by the innovations showcased at the event. Let the workplace of the future become a successful reality now!