Human factors driving work changes

17 Dec 2013


Human resource factors are bigger drivers of workplace transformation programmes than cost aspects, a study shows.

Cushman & Wakefield’s Workplace Transformation Survey reveals that recruiting, workforce productivity and improved work-life balance are more influential than cost cutting when it comes to implementing change in the workplace.

The poll of over 500 corporate real estate professionals also shows that the reluctance of company management is the biggest barrier to workplace transformation, even though workplace change strategies are increasing and most are beneficial to organisations.

But while almost all companies are focused on maximising the productivity and efficiency of the work environment, some are moving forward with such programmes at different speeds and pursuing a number of strategies.

For example, unassigned seating strategies known as ‘hoteling’ are being more rapidly employed in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Asia Pacific region compared to North America.

The study concludes that the understanding of how changes in design and the use of technology can lead to improved operating performance is at an early stage for many organisations around the world.

Copyright Press Association 2013

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