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Reorganizing the Workspace: Transforming the Way Canadians Work

The Conference Board of Canada, 63 pages, October 10, 2018
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This report is the second in the series of Conference Board research on Transforming the Way Canadians Work. Four themes of workplace reorganization are discussed: mobility, choice, flexibility, and levelling.

Document Highlights

Today, a driving force behind workspace reorganization is the desire to increase collaboration, with the expectation that this will lead to innovation. And as organizations reduce their office footprint, they are shrinking the space allocated to focused individual work. At the same time, focused work is shifting from the corporate office to the home office.

Reorganizing the Workplace: Transforming the Way Canadians Work, the second report in a series, looks at how and why Canadian organizations are reorganizing their workplace. Four recurring themes capture much of the impetus behind the current round of workplace reorganization: mobility, choice, flexibility, and levelling. This research series explores whether organizational culture, business needs, work and job design, and workplace design should be aligned, and if so, at what level will the success of the investment be measured.

See also: Flexible Work Arrangements: Transforming the Way Canadians Work

Table of Contents

Executive Summary

Chapter 1—A Workplace or a Place to Work?

  • The Failure of the Cubicle
  • Four Recurring Themes
  • No One Model Dominates
  • Workspace Variety Is the Commonality

Chapter 2—What Is Driving the Change?

  • Financial Pressure
  • Business Competition
  • Employer Branding
  • Connectivity
  • Healthier Indoor Environments

Chapter 3—Redesign, Relocate, or Both?

  • Big Cities Dominate
  • Real Estate Pressures Vary by Region
  • Cautious Investment

Chapter 4—How Might Work Get Done in the New Environment?

  • Designing for Individuals, Teams, or Both?
  • Why Is Collaboration Driving Design?
  • Co-Located Versus Dispersed Workers
  • Is Activity-Based Working the Ultimate Goal?
  • Will You Help Your Workers Fight Distraction?
  • Is the Contribution of the Home Office Recognized?
  • Is a Healthier Workplace Important?

Chapter 5—Managing the Change

Chapter 6—Conclusions

  • Looking Forward

Appendix A—Interview Sample

Appendix B—Bibliography

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