Workplace of the Future Deloitte is in the midst of a Workplace of the Future transformation in all offices across the country.
It’s not just new office spaces, but a transformation in how our people work.
“Our research shows that workplace values are largely compatible across generations – but what differs is approaches to work itself,” says Marc Perron, Deloitte’s Managing Partner for Quebec. “By providing employees with flexibility and choice when it comes to the way they work, we’re creating a workplace of the future that encourages collaboration; teamwork; and cross-functional, innovative thinking.”
Our new office space in Montreal, which opened in September 2015, allows people to select from more than 18 types of workspaces to suit their needs and wants – from personal workstations, quiet rooms, and treadmill walk stations to collaborative workspaces, including flex spaces like booths, open/semi-open ad hoc meeting spaces, and tables. The office also includes social spaces like lounges, cafes, bistros and outdoor green space, a wellness centre with fitness facilities and change rooms, and a concierge desk to welcome people.
Technology also plays a central role in the new workplace, enabling employees to stay connected and mobile, both inside and outside of the office space. Solutions like lighter laptops, secure Wi-Fi, and voice-over IP instead of traditional phones allow employees to remain accessible no matter where they choose to work. Technologies like SMART Boards provide collaborative solutions that encourage innovation.
So far, we have converted our Ottawa, Langley, St. John’s, and Montreal offices to the new format. The St. John’s office has conducted a study to understand how the new workplace affects internal communication and engagement levels. Participants wore a smart ID badge, or sociometric badge, for two weeks before the move and then again for two weeks after the move to identify patterns in their interactions and communications.