Over the last 10 years the global economic playing field has been changing. We have seen a levelling and equalisation as nations such as China, Brazil and India grow faster than the developed world.
According to research recently carried out by McKinsey, it is predicted that throughout the next decade, 40% of the world’s population will achieve middle class living standards, that’s twice the number who enjoy it today. This remarkable speed of change really results from the level of interconnectedness that economys, governments, enterprises and societies enjoy today.
In recent years new technology has appeared at a startling pace and countries and businesses have become more connected than ever before. In today’s world the average computer user checks around 40 websites a day and consumes almost 3 times the amount of information that a typical person consumed in 1960. With the click of a mouse you can buy clothing from America or coffee from Africa. Real competition has arisen from anywhere, at any time.
This has resulted in a greater complexity in the workplace. IBM recently surveyed over 1,500 CEO’s worldwide and found that ‘complexity’ was their primary challenge.
Managing this complexity and its impact on how organisations operate is essential. People have changed the way they work, and the workplace needs to change to keep up. In an age where people, technology and information have become more mobile, the workplace can make a huge difference to business performance.
Implementing an agile workplace strategy will help overcome the complexities of the workplace, and allow people to work where they feel most comfortable, and enable people to get their best work done.