What will the office of the future look like and how it will impact companies and employees? That’s the central question of a new article from American Express OPEN Forum featuring our Director of Global Workplace Michael Bonomo titled, “What’s The Future of the Office?” The piece identifies that “the cubicle farms of yesterday are slowly eroding, as business leaders strive to create workspaces where talented employees actually want to spend time.” Such spaces will need to be “customizable, collaborative, driven by data and oriented around wellness.”
The full article is available online. Here’s a key excerpt featuring Michael:
On workplaces as destinations for culture
Countless businesses have proven that they can exist without walls and doors by allowing their employees to work remotely. But in doing so, culture and camaraderie are at risk, says Michael Bonomo, principal, director of global workplace and co-leader of the commercial practice with CannonDesign, a global integrated design firm that has 24 offices around the world. Bonomo, who works out of the firm’s New York City office, points out that now and in the future, to be the employer of choice, it is imperative to design a space that’s inviting to employees.
“It’s really about providing a wide range of space types that are as attractive or more attractive than working remotely, because you can’t substitute culture for technology,” he says. “Culture is about being together. And that’s really important in all businesses, regardless of how digital they’ve become.”