Technology and proliferating technology platforms (e.g. zoom) is also changing the role of workspaces.

While the prevalence of off-site work is currently on the rise, on-site activities are still necessary for the effective and optimal conduct of business in many industries.

Further, technology and digital transformation is altering how and where we work; promoting hybrid work, teleworking, involuntary working from home, and blurry boundaries between home and office that may elicit stress.

A Deloitte (2019) report shows that workplace technology (automation, robotics, artificial intelligence) triggers fears of job loss, stress and poor mental health. Agile workspaces (i.e. spaces that are constantly transforming, adjusting and responding to organisational learning, may be able to reduce the identified challenges.

The next generation workspaces must be technologically informed, agile and adaptive to the new technologically-driven jobs where human and the robotics can work together. In sum, future workspaces must promote a multi-generational workforce prepared for flexible work and impending health crises.

The Next-generation workspaces GCRP aims to:

(a) Convene academics across 15 disciplines (UQ and abroad) to collaborate with industry to resolve significant organisational workspace problems

(b) Attract funding to prepare a compelling CRC funding bid to enable a long-term collaboration and development of holistic strategies/tools to tackle identified problems.

This Global Change Research Program is sponsored by the GCI and led by Dr Rẹmi Ayoko, Associate Professor of Management and Management Discipline Leader at the UQ Business School.