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Part 2 of our white paper series, “Illuminated, integrated, and intelligent: Reinventing the workplace,” investigates changes in the way we work, how we work, and when we work thanks to continuous connectivity and the transformative potential of the Internet of Things.

Of trailers and

shipping containers

Dutch start-up KantoorKaravaan offers mobile office spaces in the middle of nature, off-grid, but not offline. Part of the attraction of this and other similar workspaces is the opportunity to combine work with leisure activities, or simply enjoying the natural environment.
The emergence of flexible, shared “co-working” spaces offer all the advantages of office life without overhead costs. Professionals can network, share ideas and advice, and take advantage of new opportunities for collaboration with other companies.

According to online magazine deskmag, which conducts an annual Global Coworking Survey, the number of co-working locations grew by 36% in 2015.
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By enriching work environments employees are happier, healthier and over 15% more productive than they are in a lean, depersonalised work environment.”


Dr Craig Knight,

University of Exeter

From employees to

workplace consumers

Conventional lean office spaces with fixed desks and basic services are rapidly becoming a thing of the past. In the near future, workers will likely become “workplace consumers” who are in control of where, how and when they work.


Real estate developers are shifting their focus to adaptive, agile facilities that prioritize and respond to employee needs. Such facilities fluidly integrate new technologies to foster collaboration and co-creation, enhance employee comfort and productivity, keep remote workers connected to company culture, and support sustainable business practices.


the open office


Hot-desking and open-plan offices are becoming ever more common. Employers favor open-plan offices for the efficient and flexible use of space. Employees enjoy being able to work anywhere, any time, but often miss having their own personal workspaces.

flexible open plan office space

Dynamic LED lighting and connected lighting systems can help businesses ensure that their open office spaces support employee productivity, comfort, and well-being.


With indoor positioning in place, connected lighting applications afford a whole range of location-based services, accessible to workers via smartphone apps. Examples include personalization of light above desks even in open-plan spaces, wayfinding, “frictionless” access control for frequent visitors, and real-time room reservations.

In the last four to five years, we’ve all been focusing on sustainability and the impact technology has in an
office ... 
Now there’s a real focus on trying to maximize human potential, performance, and productivity.”


Kay Sargent

Director of Workplace Strategies at Lend Lease

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