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Reflections on the year 2018

Posted on Fri, 2018-12-21 14:33 by Joanna Dunlop

We are well and truly into the festive spirit here at SPACE, with our Edinburgh & Dundee Christmas night out last week, Glasgow and Aberdeen this week.

Several of Team SPACE were at SPIFOX yesterday too, enjoying the celebrations with our clients and colleagues in the property industry at EICC, Edinburgh.

As the team start to wind down for Christmas, it’s natural to reflect on the year of 2018 and the changes in the way in which businesses are having to work and how they have had to adapt to during the year.

One of the themes for business in 2018 has been the battle for talent. This challenge has forced organisations to recognise the importance of their recruitment approach and processes and to understand what is motivating talent from the Millennials and now Generation Z. Many of the larger, traditional businesses are changing the approach to workplace recognising that it is a key tool in attracting and retaining the right people.    

The way people want to work has evolved and organisations are changing to reflect that. Staff want to feel a sense of purpose and community at work. They want to understand the wider goals of their employer and therefore their contribution to that. The result is that workplace projects are now about much more than just property. The space needs to be an emblem of the organisation’s culture and brand to create the right first impression and to foster a collective sense of purpose. It needs to be designed to reflect HR processes and more and more workplaces are being designed to demonstrate trust in the staff.  They encourage flexibility and movement, empowering people to work in different work settings that best fit the tasks at hand – and their individual personalities.

This culture shift has powered the growth of co-working brands like WeWork and Spaces providing businesses and indeed freelancers with the opportunity to occupy the same space, disrupting the traditional commercial office market and making landlords look at their properties. The attraction of environments like WeWork is a cultural one as well providing attractive working environments. Members are not just working alongside likeminded people but joining a community and in a world where our local neighbourhoods at home have moved away from this, our workspace seems to be embracing it.

One thing is for sure, things are changing and the exciting aspect for SPACE is that the workplace has never been more important or more valuable to organisations.

We are very much looking forward to 2019 and seeing the ongoing changes that are ahead.

Our offices officially close at 4pm Friday 21st returning at 8.30am on Thursday 3rd January.

From all of us here at SPACE, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.