Workplace Conversation

The Workplace Conversation Report

The Workplace Conversation Report, a collaboration between BIFM and the CIPD, has now been released and you can download your copy using the links below.

The report reveals that UK companies are jeopardising their ability to compete in the global economy by failing to adapt their workplaces to meet modern demands and that many organisations are struggling to cope with the systematic changes that workplace modernisation requires; particularly large organisations with very ingrained working cultures and organisational structures.

The Workplace Conversation was an online conversation which saw employees all over the world with an active interest in the future of the workplace share their insights, ideas and comment on the key challenges related to creating better workplaces and suggest practical solutions to the issues raised.

In May, Workplace WIKI_community generated content was crowned as the winning idea to the workplace Conversation submitted by Dan Pilling from Pick Everard.

> Read more about this winning idea here.

From February to May 2015, BIFM collaborated with the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, to investigate how professionals are evolving and adapting to the changing workplace.

Nearly 300 people, passionate about workplace, offered their voice to the collective with over 100 ideas being submitted. 750 comments and 300 votes later the TWPC project team, a collection of leading thinkers from the worlds of people and place, arrived at our winning idea which was submittted by Dan Pilling, from Pick Everard and suggesting  a Workplace Wiki to open up workplace terminology, demystifying techniques for measuring and improving the workplace, knowledge sharing and promoting best practice in all its forms. His idea would enable strands of facilities management (FM), human resources (HR), IT, design and culture to co-exist, and enable active workplace professionals to quickly diagnose challenges and find solutions right for their organisation. Read more about the winning idea here.

“There have been numerous conversations about the evolution of the workplace but we wanted to make sure that the views of these two vital communities of professionals are brought together. We want them to share their thinking and work together to bridge the gap between people and place as we aim to add to the next installment of the workplace’s evolution.

“Working with CIPD forms part of our strategy of bringing the right people from outside of the FM profession to analyse, debate and challenge the latest thinking that impacts on the world of business, the economy and wider society.”

Gareth Tancred, chief executive, BIFM.

The very nature of work is changing. The unprecedented scale and pace of change in the economy and the world of work means there is a critical need to ensure the ways we work, our workforces and workplace cultures are fit for today, and drive performance and growth for the future. Workforces are more diverse, with greater flexibility demanded on the part of both employers and employees, bringing new challenges and opportunities in workforce planning. The physical workplace is one of many factors in modern management and work that needs to adapt, with business leaders needing to continually innovate and challenge conventional wisdom about what drives performance and engagement. That’s why we’re pleased to be working with our colleagues in the facilities management industry to explore the issues, and to find solutions to the challenges they bring.”

Peter Cheese, chief executive, CIPD.


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