Co-working is the way of the future: JLL survey

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A new survey by property experts JLL has found that 99 percent of respondents list the ability to co-work with other businesses and entrepreneurs as the most important factor in the design of the future workplace.

Equally, according to preliminary results from the Future of Work survey, 99 percent of participants say they want a workplace that enhances wellness and wellbeing, while 82 percent say a variety of workplaces to choose from is high on their list of design factors.

Additionally, creating a high-end ‘trophy’ workplace is the least important element of workplace design, with only 13 percent regarding this as a priority.

JLL is partnering with TEDxSydney to tap into the ideas, creativity and diversity of its highly engaged community to gain insights and forward-looking views about the future of work.

Survey participants also provide a view about the technology of the workplace of the future, including: 85 percent believe 40 percent of the workforce in 2050 will be made up of robots; 83 percent say 4D/5D printing will replace all manufacturing needs by 2050; and 66 percent say boards and governments will be made up of both humans and artificial intelligence.

According to JLL, another key finding is that a 70 percent majority believe humans in 2050 will live beyond 100 years old, which is why people rank human interaction as the most important aspect of society in 2050.

Beyond single-use buildings
Participants indicate in the survey that there will be no place for single-use structures – where you either live or work. Only 10 percent believe the future home and workplace will be constructed this way. Instead 81 percent of participants say people will work, live and play within ‘eco campuses’.

JLL’s Australian head of property and asset management Richard Fennell says, “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 wellbeing.

“The survey results showed us clearly that people want more from their cities, the built environment and their office interiors. From a 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.”

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