Co-working receives the thumbs up in a JLL Survey


As part of its partnership with the TEDxSydney event at the Sydney Opera House, JLL has released the preliminary results of its ‘Future of Work’ Survey sent out to the participants.

99% of survey participants listed the ability to co-work with other businesses and entrepreneurs as the most important factor in the design of the future workplace.  Equally, 99% of participants said they wanted a workplace that enhances wellness and wellbeing.  82% also said a variety of workplaces to choose from was high on their list of design factors.  Importantly, creating a high-end ‘trophy’ workplace was the least important element of workplace design, with only 13% of participants.

In an industry first, JLL is partnering with TEDxSydney to tap into the ideas, creativity and diversity of its highly engaged community that will attend the event at the Sydney Opera House on 25 May 2016, to gain insights and forward looking views about the future of work.

Participants also gave a view about the technology of the workplace of the future:

  • 85% said 40% of the workforce in 2050 would be made up of robots;
  • 83% said 4D/5D printing would have replaced all manufacturing needs by 2050;
  • 66% said Boards of Directors and Governments would be made up of both humans and Artificial Intelligence.

And a 70% majority though that humans in 2050 would live beyond 100 years old.

Which is why people ranked ‘human interaction’ as the most important aspect of society in 2050. 85% of people valued face-to-face interaction.  The value of communities, social cohesion and interpersonal relationships was high and the need to move beyond the narrow computer screen focus.

JLL is attempting to answer how workplaces, the built environment and cities of the future can respond to this desire for increased human interaction by 2050.

Beyond single-use building structures:

Participants indicated there would be no place for single use structures, where you either live or work.  Only 10% believed the future home and workplace would be constructed this way.  Instead 81% of participants said people would work, live and play within ‘eco campuses’

JLL’s Director of Corporate Solutions, Rajiv Nagrath said, “One of the ideas to come out of a co-creation workshop we held (following the survey) was to take this idea of co-working one step further in the future.

“What about ‘School at Work, Work at School’?  With the big move to online learning and virtual learning the way of the future, why can’t school children learn at their parent’s place of work?  Or why can’t a parent work from their children’s school?

“And why not use virtual reality to create ‘artificial’ rooms that embrace the desire for wellness and wellbeing?  Virtual rooms could renew office works by incorporating outside scenes like wilderness and snow.  And why stop there – why not incorporate other sensory experiences like relaxing sounds and appealing scents and fragrances to renew people during the office day.

“Essentially, how can we build an environment for better co-working, life balance and where we can work and be closer to nature and the outside environment,” said Mr Nagrath.

When designing their work and urban environment, 36% of participants said they would have a CBD hub where the majority of business interactions occurred. People want more community based, mixed-use buildings that enable them to co-work with diverse industries as well as their teams, closer to their home base. And 95% of people wanted ‘smart’ buildings that could provide data to allow adaption based on usage patterns.

JLL’s Australian Head of Property & Asset Management, Richard Fennell said, “We tend to think of cities as collections of buildings and roads, but they are, first and foremost, collections of people. Successful cities are cities that not only meet our material human needs, but promote the social connectedness and relationships that are critical to our well-being.

“The survey results showed us clearly that people want more from their cities, the built environment and their office interiors. In response, JLL held a workshop with architects to see how we could incorporate these ideas into concrete solutions.


“From the city perspective, the desire is for more seating and shared spaces to connect people, more landscaping and greening of buildings and more ways to work and be open to the natural elements.  We see this translating to buildings having access to natural elements and fresh air.  And exploring ways to have more intermittent space halfway between inside and out.


“Other ways to achieve more of a work/life balance would be to incorporate ‘nature paths’ within built structures to relax and encourage interaction.  It could even include having ‘walking meetings’ and using walking tracks throughout buildings.


“The importance of well-being and the role that active placemaking plays in fostering and realising its success is a phenomenon that has transitioned from fringe to mainstream in only a few short years. Placemaking is now actively embraced throughout the property industry. The role of tall buildings in creating and sustaining environments which foster community engagement, social interaction, personal and professional collaboration, and lifestyle choices, is the new standard expected by occupants, be they office workers, residents or the general public. The recognition that this is an imperative for tall buildings is becoming entrenched and mainstream,” said Mr Fennell.



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