How can we work better? How can we create better workplaces? What does the workplace of the future look like?
Six experts from four countries took the stage to discuss workplace design through the lenses of architecture, research, psychology, organizational design and change management. The presentations touched on an array of highly relevant topics, and together they formed a logical and insightful narrative – a roadmap to workplace and business success.
Workplaces will continue to play an important role, but their purpose will be different. What the workplace of the future will be like is up to us to decide. We need to engage in real conversations, and use all the knowledge and insights we gained during this 2020 ‘experiment’ to make smart decisions.
The workplace is continually changing and evolving. Although we’ve learnt a lot during the COVID-19 pandemic about how we could work better, we need to keep exploring and experimenting. With a curious and open-minded approach, we’ll also find it easier to understand the changes around us and to seize new opportunities as they emerge.
About The experts:
Kyle De Bruin
Development Director – Leesman, UK
With a background supporting major international consumer brands and retailers delivering their products to market, Kyle specialises in providing solutions to complex business challenges across the globe. Kyle now applies that experience to the workplace industry, delivering analysis and insights to the CRE, FM and HR communities at many of the world’s largest and most forward thinking organisations.
Leesman measures employee experience via the Leesman Index – a global business intelligence tool that captures employee feedback on how effectively the workplace supports them and their work, and provides organisations with critical insights into how their buildings are performing. Performance is then benchmarked against the world’s largest employee experience database of 800,000 individual responses – of which the statistical robustness, research richness and diversity is unrivalled.
Alenka Kragelj Eržen
Founder & Principal Architect
Kragelj Architects, Slovenia
Alenka Kragelj Erzen is an architect, workplace strategist, designer and project leader with 15 years of experience on projects for corporate clients. She is also a coach, change manager and workshop facilitator helping organizations and their people transition to new, more efficient ways of working. Alenka successfully managed extensive research, workplace design and office relocation projects for clients such as A1 and VIP Mobil (members of Telekom Austria Group), Outfit7, Grey Worldwide, Krka, Prva Group, Triglav Insurance Group, Medis, DARS, Unicredit, Sberbank and others.
She passionately advocates for the idea of putting people in the center of workplace design. Alenka speaks at industry events, and has authored numerous articles on architecture, interior design and workplace design strategies.
Dr. Nigel Oseland
WP Strategist & Change Manager
Workplace Unlimited, UK
Nigel Oseland is a workplace strategist, environmental psychologist and change manager who understands the human experience, specifically what sort of behaviors can lead to greater engagement in the workplace, more ideas and higher productivity. Nigel Oseland is a sought-after international speaker, and author of several papers and books, including “Improving Office Productivity – A Practical Guide for Business and Facilities Managers”. Back in 2003 he set up the Workplace Trends series of conferences which grew into a must-attend event for workplace design and management professionals. In 2018 Workplace Trends expaded to Copenhagen and New York.
During his consulting career Nigel has worked with the world’s leading finance, retail and technology companies including BP, Shell, Barclays, Deutsche Bank, GSK, Morgan Stanley, IBM, and Visa International. He runs his workplace consultancy Workplace Unlimited, based in London, UK, and collaborates with Kragelj on workplace strategy projects in continental Europe.
Founder & CEO
Thomas Fundneider is founder and CEO of knowledge and innovation architects theLivingCore (www.theLivingCore.com), specializing in the areas of strategy, innovation and transformation. Having his background in landscape architecture, his focus for many years has been on establishing an innovative and entrepreneurial culture and mindset in organizations. He co-developed leading-edge innovation methods and practical frameworks, such as “Enabling Spaces“ and “Emergent Innovation“. Thomas Fundneider is lecturing at several universities in Europe on the topics of entrepreneurship, innovation and Enabling Spaces. He is a member of the Board of the LaFutura trend network, as well as board member of the Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Systems Science.
Author & Speaker
Randy Gage is an American thought leader with a unique vision of how to succeed in the new economy. He is the author of 13 books that have been translated into 25 languages, including the New York Times bestsellers Risky Is the New Safe and Mad Genius. Randy has worked as a marketing strategist by private and public companies in Slovenia, Croatia, and other countries in the region.