• Lee Calver
  • 19 June 2015

Workplaces failing to adapt to meet modern demands

According to new research from the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), UK businesses are being left behind in the workplace revolution and risking their ability to compete in the global economy by failing to adapt their workplaces to meet modern demands.

‘In Search of Better Workplaces’ reveals that many organisations are struggling to cope with the systematic changes that workplace modernisation requires; particularly large organisations with deeply ingrained working cultures and organisational structures.

The report also highlights that good workplace design should be available for everyone and not the sole preserve of cash-rich private sector organisations.

Commenting on the findings, BIFM Chief Executive, Gareth Tancred, said:

“Over the years, there has been a seismic shift in the way we live and work, and the workplace environment in particular has a profound effect on how employees feel about their work and working lives. We are seeing the dawn of the flexible workforce and a surge in trends such as remote working, hot-desking and the design of creative spaces and quirky features requiring businesses to think differently about how they enable work.”

Gareth added:

“The link between people and place, culture and the physical environment is crucial, yet many businesses are failing to respond and create environments that successfully support the changing nature of work.”

Also offering his views following the publishing of the report, CIPD Chief Executive, Peter Cheese, commented:

“The world of work is rapidly changing and people are at the very heart of this change. Getting workplace design right can have a huge impact on how connected, engaged and productive people are at work. When workplace design takes into account the nature of work being carried out, how people interact and the unique culture of an organisation, it can unlock tremendous value for both the business and individuals.”

He added:

“Those organisations that get it right, feel right, and the proof can be seen not in striking features for design’s sake, but in fact that they have thriving and successful workplaces.”

This report is the result of a three month online conversation launched in February this year where professionals from sectors including facilities management, human resources, IT, architecture and workplace productivity joined forces to help identify major barriers in creating better workplaces, improving efficiency, driving productivity and job satisfaction and promoting best practice.

The full report can be downloaded here.