Over the past decade we have seen places of work transition tremendously. Technology companies like Google and Facebook have thought tremendously outside of the box creating work environments that employees love going to and hate leaving. They include perks like free food and drinks, laundry centers, recreation areas and more. This goes far beyond the traditional water cooler and coffee pot. Here are a few of my predictions about the future of work:
- More Remote and Flex Working – as communication technologies like Zoom continue to grow and develop the need for people to come into the office is far less essential. It can give employees more time to actually work taking out the daily commute as well as employers less expense not having to pay for office space. I expect this trend to only continue in the coming years.
- Smaller and Shared Spaces – as more people move to remote working, the need for large office complexes will become less. I also believe that the need for large private offices is also becoming less. Mark Zuckerberg for instance has the exact same desk in an open work environment as ever other employee at Facebook. The needs are simple with almost everything being on a laptop computer and providing some share meeting rooms and private call rooms you can do a lot with a little bit of space. I believe non competing companies will also find that sharing office space can make a lot sense having their team in a cluster in a larger workspace sharing the meeting rooms, call rooms, break rooms, etc.
- Shared Employees – just as companies can better share space, they can also share employees. This can work in areas such as receptionists, admin support, custodial, fulfillment or even sales, customer service or Marketing. So many possibilities as you get creative around various staff roles that can be shared.
- Coworking – I believe that most people like the flexibility to work from home, but do prefer a professional workspace. The trend of co-working has grown tremendously for startups, but I believe can be feasible for large organizations as well. Starbucks can only get the job done for so long and people really need a place with plugs, a printer, a meeting room, etc., but they don’t necessarily need that 5 days a week for 8 hours a day. Shared workspace will be a great value to many more individuals and organizations in the coming years.
What do you think? Am I right on or way off?
What does this mean for ministries? I think it means a lot of things! I think it means less overhead when it comes to staffing solutions and office space. I also think it means opportunity to rethink your work culture creating a culture that will attract the kind of individuals that you want on your team. Where there is change, there is opportunity! Always!