One of the themes I explore in TrendsWatch 2016 is the way cultural, economic and technological forces rapidly transforming the way we work. Our infrastructure, for the most part, hasn’t caught up. Here’s one workplace that has: Deloitte’s headquarters in Amsterdam, dubbed “The Edge.”
And the building is indeed on the cutting edge–harnessing technology to create a green, flexible workplace. Every light fixture is an internet-connected data hub, making the building the ultimate application of the Internet of Things to customize their work day. The eco-friendly Edge features beehive towers and bat homes, uber-green design and custom security robots. But the most progressive elements, in terms of the work experience, are designed to create a flexible, personalized and comfortable experience. “Hot desking” enables employees to choose a workspace that fits their needs, and also enables the building to accommodate far more people than it could if it provided traditionally assigned desks and offices. The app that interfaces with the building systems enables employees to personalize their lighting, synch their hand held devices with any available screen, even order dinner ingredients before they head home.
Your Futurist Friday assignment, watch this 4 1/2 minute video profiling the Edge
Spend a few minutes thinking about how you would redesign your workplace to be more green, more worker-friendly, and more productive. (And please, share your thoughts in the comment section, below!)