The office, disrupted

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Since about one-third of our waking hours are spent working, a seemingly infinite amount of thought, consideration and debate continues to evolve around what the future of work will become.

 

More specifically, what will the office of the future morph into, 5 to 10 years from today?  What form or function(s) will become of desks, chairs, lighting, etc., and an individual’s surrounding environment?

 

Throw in the growing scarcity and escalating costs of office space, especially in urban markets, along with longer commuting time and expenses, plus the implications of technology and Artificial Intelligence, and you have the makings for a seismic shift in the future of work.

 

Jetson’s to the rescue!

It’s truly head spinning to imagine the possibilities.  Maybe The Jetsons had it right, after all!

 

Thankfully, many groups and organizations are dedicated to not just pontificating the realities of our future work lives and interactions, but actually developing the next-generation of work products and services.  In essence, furniture which anticipates, solves problems, and makes our lives easier, and healthier in the process.

 

For a quick moment, take a look at the very workspace you’re currently using.  It’s likely the same one you used yesterday, and will return to tomorrow.  That’s because our work spaces are very personal areas.  It is here where we toil and create, succeed and fail, collaborate and retreat. I’m a firm believer that the innovations which enhance, inspire and fulfill this experience are the ones worth rallying behind.

 

As Director of the LOGIC OFFICE business unit at LOGICDATA, I have the pleasure – and responsibility – of helping to shape the direction of our global company’s innovations as they relate to the future of workspaces.

 

Purpose vs. product-focused

I believe our approach is quite unique, as we are purpose versus product-focused.

 

This mindset keeps us striving as contributors to the world around us; we want to use our knowledge and skills to make the world a better place to work and live in.

 

Some may say this is a lofty goal, but it’s the motivator of profound solutions that can be achieved when you can create the unexpected.

 

As a company rooted in technology, we are constantly looking at how to translate findings into future needs, using a global lens.  That means diving deep into office/work trends and forecasts, tapping into the learning and perspectives of industry thought leaders, and conducting our own research and development on work flow, user experiences, and much more, with a strong focus on the intersection of function and technology.

 

Case in point: more than two decades ago, we began identifying the trend of adjustability and technology fusions, and the eventual rise of sit/stand desks and work stations.  While adjustable office furniture is much more standardized today, we’re leading another disruptor in the way(s) in which further value and customization can be achieved for both the employer and the employee.

 

Optimizing the user experience

LOGIClink is a great example of activity-based working, using central connectivity for optimizing the user experience, bringing greater impact, value and benefit. It’s really the great “facilitator” for the future office environment. In fact, Office Spaces, a new TV show which explores how to create well-designed office spaces and hosted by acclaimed Interior Designer, Kalyn Rothaus, recently spent some time at our North American Headquarters in Grand Rapids, Mich., taking a front-row view of this revolutionary product. The show plans to share our innovation story on March 11, at 4:30 p.m., EST on Fox Business. Here’s a sneak peek of the show [link].

 

But here’s another way to check out where the world of work is heading – join us at NeoCon 2018, June 11- 13 in Chicago, Booth 7-10078 I’d love to personally demonstrate the tangible ways the office is being disrupted, for the better.

 

 

Words by Stefan Kieler –

Stefan Kieler is the Director of Business Unit LOGIC OFFICE and VP of LOGICDATA North America. Over the years Stefan developed a great passion for the office environment while working in various roles in multiple departments at LOGICDATA. This passion has been driving him to constantly look behind the scenes of the office space and create new categories of products to improve day to day “office life”. Stefan believes that constant innovation and self-disruption are keys to future success and is aware that this requires a huge amount of risk taking as well as room for failure.

 

 

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