The Rise and Rise of the Social Office

The Employer

Large corporations, multi national companies especially the ones that hire a few thousand to many a thousand employees year on year are in a quagmire. Many of the few thousand jobs that they were creating (which in turn fueled their growth) are being replaced by AI, M2M and other disruptive innovations. At the same time these disruptive innovations has opened up opportunities. The winner in this new scenario will be the companies that adopt to these realities.

The Employee

The thousands of talent working in these large multi national offices also are feeling the effects of the changes that are impacting work. Many of them have now got to learn new skill sets to be relevant in the industry. The skills that had previously made them indispensable or relevant are now being automated. Even previously thought of work that was needed reasoning and always belonged to humans have now being taken over by AI. 

There is a clamor in the industry on renovating their office spaces to meet their challenges that the new reality brings. I have received a few calls from real estate heads/ project managers/ facility managers trying to make sense of all of this. ‘What does Agile mean to a workplace?’ is the most common question that I get. 

So how does this affect the office space? Todays work flow isn’t  linear and its not even a predictable one. It is a combination of different activities and requires both divergent and convergent thinking. Hence the workplace and the work tools have to cater to this dynamic work process. Here are some of the options that should be considered while working on the workplace.

Booking Kiosks

Every day could mean a different work style. One day could be with teams that require intense interaction, some days may require focused work. Work may shift from group to group. Hence one should have the flexibility to be able to identify where groups are positioned within the office at the same time be able to book his/her place in the office through the use of technologies like booking Kiosks or booking apps.


Idea Hub

A tech enabled destination around the office that encourages active participation and equal opportunity to contribute as people co-create, refine, debate and share ideas with teammates around or with teammates across geographies.


Focus rooms

At times one needs to get away from the buzz, the distractions, the collaborative settings for some solitude and individual think time. Having a mix of these rooms across the floors which are easily accessible and easily bookable.