This article was published on May 1, 2018

Redefining where, how and why we work

Redefining where, how and why we work
Ailsa Sherrington
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Ailsa Sherrington

Former Social Media Manager, TNW

Ailsa Sherrington is a former content marketer at TNW. Ailsa Sherrington is a former content marketer at TNW.

The way we work is changing. The morale-killing, grey-carpeted, LED-lit office has been resigned to the history books, and should stay there — only to be referenced in conversations about how not to design a workspace.

More and more companies are recognizing the importance of creating an environment that doesn’t completely suck and one that actually (and actively) contributes to the wellbeing of the people in it. After all, we’re lined up to spend 90,000 hours in the workplace over the course of our lifetime, so putting a positive spin on that is definitely something to strive for.

Companies like EDGE Technologies know that the attributes of the buildings we work in have a huge part to play in the shift towards a positive relationship with work — and that there’s massive potential to impact our personal wellbeing for the better.

EDGE maintains that traditional real estate is letting down the modern professional and that workspaces should be much more than just bricks and mortar. The office shouldn’t be a place that only makes people happy on their way out, it should instill the feeling of a home-away-from home through digital innovation and a user-centered approach.

The EDGE ethos is centered firmly on providing the best possible environment for the end-user through the complete life-cycle of a building — from design and build, to operations. Their aim is to make the built environment greener, smarter, and healthier, which is something we can all get behind.

TNW Conference is all about exploring how tech and innovation will impact the future of our everyday lives, as well as the wider cultural implications. That’s why we’re partnering with EDGE technologies to bring you the Future of Work track at TNW2018.

We have a lineup of experts ready to explore what’s next for the world of work and how we can move towards a better definition of the notion of work itself. We’ll be diving into topics including the rise of “digital nomads”, the transformation of company culture and the evolving skills of the future.

In particular, we’ll be exploring the implications of an increasingly tech-enabled workforce and what it means for our idea of ‘the office’ in 2018 and beyond. We’re more connected than ever, thanks to internet speeds, cloud technology and collaboration apps meaning we can work wherever and whenever we like.

With this state of permanent connectivity, how do we strike that ever-elusive work/life balance? How do we separate the two when they occupy the same physical space? How can we learn to ‘switch off’ when the 9-5 mentality no longer exists? We’ll also be looking at how organizations must adapt to a growing expectation for employee autonomy and what that means for the modern team.

Join TNW and EDGE Technologies for the Future of Work track at #TNW2018 to be part of the discussion and get inspired by industry experts. The lineup of speakers includes Ben Hammersly, Author and Futurist at WIRED, David Rose, Professor at MIT, Nir Eyal, author of Hooked and Coen van Oostrom, Founder and CEO of EDGE Technologies. Check out the full lineup here and join us in Amsterdam on May 24th & 25th.

It’s time to redefine where, how and why we work.

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