From the rise of hot-desking and flexible working, through to the different generations in the workplace and future proofing a business, the roundtable examined the tactics that companies are now putting into practice to ensure productivity in the workplace, as well as how these elements can be used to both attract and retain talent.
What did our panel members have to say?
“It’s all about community. People sharing ideas. These generations now coming up have very different attitude stowards the blend of work and non-work and they’re bringing it into that environment. They’ll say ‘I’ve done a couple of hours work and I’m going to have a break, play a game of ping pong or whatever and then I’m going to come back and do another couple of hours.’ It’s about making sure the space and technology solution support that.”
Julia Nott-Macaire, Director, Hadron International
Technology and productivity
"Email as a productivity tool has gone a bit wrong. In organisations like mine, there is a lot of presenteeism, people coming into the office and they’re there so managers think they’re working but they might do more if they were elsewhere and had better tools and better facilities.”
Will Houston, IT Director, Enterprise, Rent-a-car
Understanding your organisation
“You find different departments working in isolation in their silos and when you allow people to work from home as well, the impact of that is enhanced, it gets worse. A simple solution is to bring the developers into the same room as the operations team. That solves a lot of communication issues.”
Luci Allen, Head of Operations, Pink Elephant
Creating exceptional workspaces
“You can’t do this half-heartedly. You can’t dabble. It’s ever changing and ever developing. As a generational thing, you really have to do this. It’s not about teaching generations down the line, it’s what they’re teaching us.”
Aki Stamatis, Chairman, FourFront Group