Think back to 2019. Who works in the same patterns and places today, as they did then? For many of us, work has changed more in the last couple of years than in all of our careers, particularly in how we’re now collaborating with colleagues and customers. To help us understand what might be ahead, Balder Tol – General Manager, Australia and Southeast Asia at WeWork, shared his perspective and insights on Trends in the Future of Work at a Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) event presented by Folk last week in Sydney.
Balder’s role at WeWork (more than 40 countries and 700 locations) and what he sees through that means he’s well positioned to speak on our pandemic disrupted, hybridised workplaces, the factors at play and what might be ahead. A little while back Balder wrote a now widely quoted essay for the Australian Design Centre titled “Four Trends in the Future of Work”.
In his CEDA talk Balder highlighted the gap in expectations between employers asking their people to come in to work and employees desire for flexibility. He spoke about the need for employers to make their workplace “Commute-worthy”, by investing in things that earn the commuting effort by their people.
For a sense of what these investments might be a survey conducted by Swinburne University of Technology highlighted the top three reasons drawing Australians back into the office:
Better set up for work - better stuff and environment
Collaborate in person, teamwork - dedicated space for working together
Relationships with colleagues - filling their social cup