The following post comes from Mari Ryan from AdvancingWellness and Renee Piazza from Collective Next. They will present, “The Workspace of the Future” at the Maine HR Convention on Wednesday, May 8, 2019.

Imagine for a moment that you have a crystal ball. With that crystal ball, you can see the future. You can see a vision of what your workplace is like in 2025 or 2030.  How will that workplace be different?

Senior executives spend much of their time thinking about the future. Their focus is on disruptions that might occur in their industry, competitive threats and global trends.  Individuals below them are focused on the near term. As human resource professionals, you also need to keep an eye on the future and the trends that will impact the workplace.


Technology holds great promise as both a disrupter and as a workplace enhancer. Today your team may be working from home rather than coming to the office. What technological innovations will impact your workplace? Will artificial intelligence change the way work is done? Will robots be doing the repetitive work tasks? Will the Internet of Things be embedded in all aspects of your operations? How will your organization use all the data that it is collecting? Will technology further blur the lines between work and home?

Built Environment

The built environment in the workplace has been changing over the past few years. Changes to the built environment now take into consideration the well-being of the occupants. How are you planning for that environment to attract the talent you are clamoring to hire? Will anyone want to work in cube farms? How will the workspaces foster teamwork and collaboration?