Work and Organization
This category encompasses organizational and work patterns-related aspects which have an impact on the design of corporate workplace models, as described in Chapter 2.
Organization of Work
The organization of work is being constantly adapted to fit corporate and market needs, workers' expectations and tasks and processes, among others. For more than half of the interviewed corporations, organizational changes of work are reasons for new workplace models and have a significant influence on them. Work organization is shifting due to the following reasons which were stated in interviews:
• Project-oriented work is increasing, and projects and teams are changing at a swift rate. This leads to the need to set up, reorganize and change project teams quickly. Project teams need break out spaces, spaces for creativity and a generally more dynamic work environment.
- • The business demand for flexibility and mobility of workers is rising. In some cases, this has to do with global work across time zones. Subsequently, workers need more freedom in organizing and choosing their individual work schedule.
- • Employees are expecting better conditions to balance and integrate work and life-related tasks and activities. Most frequently stated life-related issues were childcare and the care of elderly relatives.
Generally speaking, new workplace models have to be highly flexible in order to respond to current and future organizational changes. Taking this into consideration, some corporations argue that workplace standards of future models should not depend on functions, tasks and job profiles, and thus should not differ at all.61