One size does not fit all in the office

In this time of warp-speed technological and social change, competitive companies must be less tethered, more agile, and far more flexible than ever before.

“’Open office’ was useful when it challenged people to rethink the workplace—but it’s out-dated, and over-played,” says Ed Nolan, Senior Vice President for Workplace Strategy at JLL. “With the rise of a diverse, mobile workforce, the open v. closed debate requires a third option: malleability.”

Research continues to pour in confirming that flexibility is key to winning the war for talent. According to a recent survey, seven out of 10 HR leaders now use workplace flexibility programs as a recruiting and retention tool. The workplace itself must support this new approach to work—and that means more than open-plan offices.

Nolan challenges corporations to picture what’s possible: Engaged thinkers and productive doers. A people-friendly workplace that’s comfortable (without being tired). An atmosphere of opportunity. When employers provide people with the choice to work in a setting where they will work best, the rewards are meaningful.

Following are some ‘real world’ examples of malleable workplaces as they are coming to life in global corporations, today.

Extracted from: JLL Realviews

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