Every year I give my forecast for the top 10 workplace trends for the upcoming year. The purpose is to help prepare organizations for the future by collecting, assessing and reporting the trends that will most impact them. You can read my predictions from 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. These trends are based on hundreds of conversations with executives and workers, a series of national and global online surveys and secondary research from more than 450 different research sources, including colleges, consulting firms, non-profits, the government and trade associations.
Fonterra job cuts don't appear to be impacting plans for the diary giant's move into new 1.6ha international headquarters from early next year.
Maury Leyland, managing director of people, culture and strategy, outlined the programme to shift about 1500 people into the building - the same number which has often been cited and 500 more people than were announced when Fonterra's lease of the premises was announced in 2013.
So let's consider the "future of work". According to Gallup's 2014 State of the Global Workplace report, 51% of workers said they weren't engaged with 17% saying they were actively disengaged. So what can improve these dismal stats and increase productivity and workplace happiness? The answer is office design. With the way we work changing, where we work needs to keep up. According to the authors of Ethonomics: Designing For The Principles Of The Modern Workplace, the slump in our offices solved by taking a different approach to design.