“The one thing I’ve personally learned is you’ve got to get ahead of the curve, don’t try to deny it or put your head in the sand, and wish for the best. These are the times when a culture and an organization gets tested.”

Michael Hansen – CEO of Cengage

Our cities developed around the need to bring people working physically together and the infrastructure and services grew to meet demand. Technology in recent years has negated the need for this physical presence, but our established behaviours proved hard to change. In a period of just a few months the global population of city workers have been forced to work remotely and have largely been successful in making the change.

Office buildings of the future may become facilities to gather, while focused work is done remotely. This could mean fewer walled-off offices and more gathering spaces to host meetings, conferences and other company-wide events. Open layouts will change as desks become spaced out, partitions go up, cleaning areas stocked with hand sanitizer and antibacterial wipes will become common. Agile workspaces with unassigned seating may decline in popularity. Workers will want the security and control of having a personal space they come to every day or every few days and can clean frequently.

Covid-19 has shown us we don’t need to fly to Shanghai or Zurich for business reviews. Using videoconferencing programs, like Zoom or Skype, meetings can be just as effective online. And not having to travel to meet in-person not only saves companies money, but it makes their leaders much more efficient, while reducing the stress of travel.

This will drive far reaching changes and work on transforming our cities is already underway with new walkways, cycle routes and re-purposing of buildings. We are at the start of one of the most significant periods of change in known memory that will affect every part of our lives.

How can we help?

We can help you to assess, prioritise and manage the vast range of changes that are now needed to ensure your business adapts and thrives.