Redefining the Physical Workplace

Mar 13, 2018

3:30pm – 4:30pm CT

20 years ago the internet forever changed how we work. But it has yet to materially change where we work. Office towers are antiquated. The office tower concept was formed 50 - 60 years ago during a time before the internet, when work was much different than it is today. Today, 50% of the US workforce is remote-work compatible according to the Global Workplace Analytics (meaning cloud-based work). Yet we still commute to office towers where we sit in chairs for 8 - 12 hours a day, in front of a screen, in an unhealthy work environment that's not in alignment with today's digitally-connected modern workforce. It's time to change how we think about the workplace to make it healthier for the kind of work being done in today's modern age. Bringing health into the office tower with yoga and meditation classes isn't enough. It's time to re-shape our paradigm for the workplace itself. To recognize how commuting longer than 15 minutes a day is statistically proven to directly and proportionally effect happiness. How studies show that being sedentary at a desk for 8, 10, 12 hours a day is as bad for your long-term health as smoking a pack of cigarettes a day. And how being untethered from the office desk can inspire creative work while creating happier employees.

The digital age is here, and it's time for the workplace to adapt.

Our session will answer the following: How the shifting value structure of the Millennial Generation is creating healthier work environments? What the future of the modern workplace looks like and what it means for companies both large and small? Why the rise of coworking spaces (130% membership growth since 2015) is not just a fad, but the beginning of a long term trend? How companies can create work environments that attract and retain top professional talent during the digital age

[Programming descriptions are generated by participants and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of SXSW.]

Programming descriptions are generated by participants and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of SXSW.

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Brian Schoenbaum

Vuka Collective / Impact Hub

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Radney Wood


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