Last month we brought together speakers from VMware, KPMG, Stone-Olafson and Rogers to discuss trends in Human Resources, technology and workplace design that will impact how Canadian workplaces will evolve in 2017.
Hosted in Toronto and Ottawa over two days the events covered a wide range of topics, but here are three themes that emerged.
1. Don’t buy into the #MillennialMyth
Millennials get a lot of attention in the media, but if you’ve got a millennial recruitment strategy on your 2017 tasks list, you’re probably wasting your time. As our latest research demonstrates, Millennials are just like the rest of us! (And there are better ways to segment your employees than the year they were born.)
The way we work is changing for everyone, regardless of age and organizations that can evolve will realise the highest rates of employee engagement.
2. Flexibility isn’t just good in theory
Increased flexibility isn’t just a perk. In fact as Mathew Stone of Stone-Olafson shared, almost 50% of Canadians would take less pay for increased flexibility.
Flexibility also isn’t code for working from home full time. It means allowing greater freedom of choice about how, when and where work gets done.
This includes mobility in the office.
3. The private office vs. open concept debate is over
When it comes to office space design, it’s no longer a question of open concept vs. private offices. Don Crichton of Rogers Communications provided a great case study of a transition to activity based design with Rogers SHARESPACE. This approach to workspace design allows individuals to find space best suited to their workstyle and the work they need to do at a given time.
We’ve had many requests, both from those who attended and those who couldn’t make it, to share the presentations that were delivered. Most slides can be downloaded here and the rest will be available as we receive approval.
Looking ahead to 2017
2017 promises to be an exciting one for the future of work. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or subscribe to our newsletter for the latest research, insights, and events.