In the webinar on ‘Technology & Design Innovations: Creating the Workplace of the Future’, experts said that technology was an enabler in ensuring successful work from home and it will continue to play a major role at several levels in determining the functioning of offices and the workforce going forward.
“We are seeing a transformation in the entire concept of a workspace. Until recently, the idea of work was tied to the physical office however organizations and the workforce have now realized that work can be done from anywhere. The location, location, location paradigm has now changed to location, choice, and time,” said Amit Ramani, CEO & Founder, Awfis and Vice President, Indian Workspace Association.
Experts said that workplace consciousness will propel workplace design and technology to become more purposeful and strategic. Office tech will have to provide the next level of convenience and collaboration that may not be easily possible at home.
“Working from home and working from large offices are at two ends of the spectrum. Companies are realizing that both are not going to be sustainable in the long run and therefore the need to find a middle ground. The solution may possibly lie in smaller/ distributed offices that are closer to where people live,” said Anurag Mathur, CEO, Savills India.
Organizations are massively investing in technology at the backend and frontend to help employee mobility and productivity
Experts highlighted that going forward, the focus will be on activity-based office settings that provides flexibility and a choice-based work environment.
“The need of the hour is to make resilient real estate decisions. There is tremendous potential and need for repurposing workspaces especially in India given the high density of our workforce,” said Anupama Sharma, Managing Director, Gensler India.
Companies need to relook at their real estate portfolio and assess how to transform and optimize them for higher efficiencies within existing space paradigms.
“Employees will definitely come back to office as they are social beings. Employees will expect a contactless experience right from the time they leave their homes to the moment they enter the office and vice versa. Innovations and creativity through the use of tech will be requisite to provide this end to end seamless experience,” said Jagvinder Pinny Mann, Senior Portfolio Manager, Microsoft India.
Office space providers and consultants said that expectation and understanding of a physical workspace are changing.