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Peering into the Future of Work

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John Forrest Global & Americas CEO, Corporate Solutions, JLL
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We’re standing on the cusp of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Driven by rapid technology innovations, the physical and digital worlds are merging. As a result, we are witnessing seismic shifts in corporate real estate as the way we work transforms.

Now more than ever, you can harness the potential of real estate to achieve your company’s ambitions. And we have developed a proprietary model, the Future of Work, to help you and your organization do just that.

The changing face of work

We all know that today’s multigenerational workforce requires mobility and flexibility. The new “liquid” workforce comes with alternative work styles and demands new environments and locations beyond the traditional office. Big data, the Internet of things, virtual reality and artificial intelligence have penetrated and disrupted the work space.

The business environment itself has been upended. It is hyper competitive. Converging industries and shortening product lifec ycles are forcing companies to innovate more aggressively than ever and transform constantly. There is a new world order among the largest corporate players: five of the top six largest companies in 2016 were technology firms. Ten years ago, only one technology player made the list.

Finally, another factor driving change is the economic and political uncertainties across the globe. These macro issues are placing upward pressure on costs and heightening risk profiles.

Our unique approach

We believe that it is essential for companies to take a visionary approach and embrace the Future of Work now. We know organizations need solutions to the issues they are facing today, such as increasing regulation, slimmer margins, sophisticated customers and employees, competitive diverse talent pools, and inescapable, all-pervasive technology.

Our new model is a road map for embracing the changing world of work. It shows why real estate is an essential piece of the puzzle and provides the steps necessary for companies and their corporate real estate teams to lead through change and disruption.

The model comprises five dimensions: human experience, continuous innovation, digital drive, financial performance and operational excellence. For many years, cost control was top of mind for most of our clients. Now, we are seeing a major shift towards the integration of all five dimensions of our model. It’s not just about the buildings, but what happens inside them.

Our experts will use the Future of Work model to introduce leading practices to help you understand, prepare and elevate the dialogue on the Future of Work. It will also be used to engage executive management to take action, drive performance and achieve your organization’s ambitions.

What’s next?

At JLL, launching the Future of Work is just the start of the journey. We are already guiding organizations along the path, preparing them for the future. Clients in technology and financial services are already leading the charge. For other industries, the journey will take more time and evolve nuances particular to their business.

We will provide the intelligence, tools and fresh ideas on this site, futureofwork.jll. There will be research and reports that dive deep into the dimensions of our proprietary model, as well as content that we believe you will find useful.

Please join me as we embark on the Future of Work. This is a flagship research program for JLL and is central to our growth plans and beyond. We look forward to hearing your feedback and working with you on this journey.

Interested to find out more about Future of Work? Learn more about our outlook on the changing world of work here.

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