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#IFMAFMCC #WorldFMDay Live #Session15 by Paul Carder “I’ll buy that workplace. Can I drive it away today?”
“Workspace as a Service (WaaS): is your ‘aaS’ ready?”
by Paul Carder, Co-founder Occupiers Journal Ltd, Publisher of Work&Place; Tutor at the University of the West of England
The future is not entirely predictable. But it is imaginable. In fact, in many cases, smart people have imagined a future and then created that future. The Aston Martin DB5 driven by Sean Connery as 007 in ‘Goldfinger’ (1964) had a SatNav (of sorts) before GPS had been invented. It also had a telephone in a secret pocket in the driver’s door, some 20 years before City traders had their huge mobile phones.
What do we imagine the workplace of the future to look like? In the near future (say 3 years from now), and in the mid to long-range view? Some things will not be different – humans have evolved to be able to stand, sit or lay down. I suspect most people will still choose to sit down and arrange their work in front of them on some form of flat surface (a desk, of sorts). They will have to sit on something – a chair, of sorts. But everything else is ‘up for grabs’, is it not?
Entrepreneurs worldwide are imagining this future. What will the technology look like? And feel like? Where and how will we choose to work? When will we work? In blocks (8 to 6), or thin-sliced across the time that we are awake, mixed with other non-work activity?
The big question for CRE, FM and workplace consultants is who will provide the flat surfaces (desks) and mid-air suspension (chairs)? Where and how will they be provided? In one place, as a corporate workplace facility, already seems unlikely. In many places, bought in slices of time, from many providers, seems more plausible. Workplace-as-a-Service (Waas) is growing very fast already. Who will own these spaces? Who will manage them? Where does FM fit in? We will tackle these questions……
- To be able to explain the concept of Futures Studies, and scenario thinking
- To be able to outline the key factors influencing our views of the future
- To explain workplace scenarios today, and where they may move to in the future
- To understand how WaaS may impact the role of CRE and FM.
Paul has recently moved into academia, as a Tutor and PhD researcher at the University of the West of England, in Bristol, UK. His research will be of interest to developers of alternative workspace, as it will focus on attracting people. His draft PhD title is “PLACEMAKER: the role of corporate real estate (CRE) departments, in creating and managing sustainable and effective places, to attract and retain employees”. It will apply scenario thinking to the future of work and workscapes.
Paul is co-founder of www.OccupiersJournal.com, its ‘Chief Networking Officer’, and Publisher of Work & Place, the periodical journal for workplace strategists. He formed the many groups that carry the Occupiers Journal name, and built a global network largely using LinkedIn. Paul now maintains an active network of over 30,000 professionals in CRE, FM and Workplace fields around the world.
Paul has specialised in comparative analysis between occupier organisations and their CRE & FM supply chains, drawing on over twenty years of experience in the corporate workplace and facilities management fields. Prior to forming Occupiers Journal, Paul worked with Advanced Workplace Associates in the UK to create and build the “Workplace Performance Innovation Network”. His prior experience also included in-house roles at Barclays Bank, International Director at IPD Occupiers, work with several global FM suppliers, and consulting/advisory roles. His core experience spans client research, workplace strategy, performance management and supplier management. Paul has written many papers for Workplace and FM journals, and spoken at conferences on corporate real estate, FM and performance management, around the world.
Paul has four children (two boys and two girls) and splits his time between St. Ives, near Cambridge, and his University role in Bristol. He also goes off-grid and walks with his dog in the Dartmoor National Park, his real home.
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World FM Day 2016 – The FMCC Event Team:
Ondrej Strup, IFMA Fellow – FMCC Board Member as Secretary
David Reynolds – FMCC STAG 1st Co-Chair and Podcast & Audio Coordinator
Teena Shouse, IFMA Fellow – FMCC Baord Members as President-Elect
Joshua Amos – Component Liaison at IFMA
Markus Groll – FMCC Board Member as 1st Vice President & STAG Liaison