A Working Environment That Works!

The classic image of an employee who enters his office in the early morning with a lunchbox will disappear. The technological revolution not only enriches the facility idiom but also gives new dynamism to the workplace of tomorrow. It also invites you to think about what the office building of the future will look like.

The phenomenon 'workplace' is at the center of current affairs. In the media we are flooded with articles about changes in the office environment and what effects these have on the employee.

What drives people to come to the office building?

A new theme will soon be added to the fascinating series of stories: the understanding of people within the work environment. What drives people to come to the office building, what type of work is being carried out and which facility services are involved?

Another wind direction after the focus lay on the business angle for years. The price tag of the workplace is known and the workplace factor has reached its lower limit, which paves the way for placing new themes more prominently on the facilities agenda.

History of the workplace

A walk through the history of the workplace produces striking images.

What once formed the private domain of the employee has become a facilitating phenomenon that no longer has a sacred status. The employee as 'owner' of a workplace or exclusive owner of the key of a luxury work palace is a thing of the past.

The safe environment of the office has been exchanged for a variety of workshops, tailored to the type of activity.

An exciting development where we see tempo differences per sector. Where many commercial organizations have already made the turnaround, we see healthcare and education mainly in the rear. The expectation is that catch-up will take place in the coming decade.

Within my university of applied sciences, the work environment of several programs has undergone a metamorphosis. A fascinating process in which culture, communication and change management form the common thread.

A paradigm change seems imminent

Paradigm change

When it comes to working within the office building, a paradigm change seems imminent.

The availability of apps, the success of Skype and other digital gadgets actually mean the departure of the traditional workplace.

More modern ideas about working within society do the rest. Working no longer symbolizes acting on a fixed location in the office building. Employees increasingly choose where they want to work. One time in a roadside restaurant and the other time in the office building.


Add to this the arrival of generation Z (the millennium) and a new reality is born.

Finally, we see a development in which the population within office buildings is becoming increasingly diverse. In addition to its permanent staff, the office building of the future is populated by so-called 'multi-workers'. They are freelancers and other groups of 'grazing employees' who temporarily use the building and fly out again after completing a project.

An extra challenge for the facility manager to know who is in the house and which facilities fit in with it. These are developments that reinforce the call for joining forces with colleagues from HRM and ICT.

Managing the work environment has become a multidisciplinary issue in which psychology (people's knowledge), technology and comfort go hand in hand.

And with agile as the new holy grail, the future of working has entered a new phase of life. More project-based, more in teams, more results-oriented to contribute to the success of the organization.

The traditional role of workplace manager evaporates

A new role for the facility manager seems to be born. The traditional role of workplace manager evaporates. New functions as manager work experience or project manager work forms gain ground.

The main mission is to design and set up a working environment that works and meets the needs of the employee of the future!

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