Space, People & Technology

New Zealand Management, May 2008 | Go to article overview

Space, People & Technology


How the three are fitted together has a lot to do with creating workplaces that enable people to do their jobs better, in a way that suits both their work needs and lifestyles. But is it happening?

Not as much as it could, according to Neil Salton, the managing director of UK-based Go Cordless and speaker at the recent Auckland conference on "Leading Sustainable Business Through Corporate Real Estate".

"I don't think technology is changing organisational structures as much as it could and part of that is the lack of integration between the worlds of property and technology--each of which has its own vocabulary and clock speed. Add into that the challenge of getting HR teams engaged in the whole process of creating new space and you have three worlds not talking to each and therefore not taking advantage of what each respective discipline could offer the other."

If they did, it could greatly improve the lot of those millions of people around the world who are increasingly working longer hours--and help change how they feel about their work, says Salton.

"Work is a process and should not be determined by place. Ten years ago if you asked me where I worked, I'd have pointed to a building. Now I'd point to a laptop or cellphone.

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Workplaces must also cater for generations that have grown up with new technology and are used to sharing and collaborating in a more informal manner. …

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