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IFMA's Work on the Move

Posted/ 14 February 2012

Geyer’s Workplace Sector Leader Laurie Aznavoorian recently travelled to World Workplace 2011 conference in Phoenix for the launch of “Work on the Move – Driving Strategy and Change in the Workplace”, a global publication which she has co-authored with other leading workplace strategists from around the globe.  The publication offers valuable insights into the rapidly changing world of work.

Like the world, workplaces are changing and organisations must change in tandem to remain competitive. Technology, economic and social change are all progressing at a dramatic pace, and these changes impact the way we live and work. As individuals we are personally confronted with the rapid pace of change and as business we are challenged with new innovations, global economic shifts, new regulation, cultural changes and evolving demographics. We require effective strategies and a means to prioritise to make change easier for workplace users and reduce stress levels on individuals.

Work on the Move was created to help managers better understand and optimise the workplace. The book examines the forces driving change and its strategic impact on facility managers. It provides practical tools to become more strategic and lead change in the workplace. There has never been a better opportunity to drive strategy and change, the role the physical environment plays in supporting a workforce that is increasingly global, network, distributed and virtual is significant. How organisations use the workplace to reduce costs, attract talented employees, drive efficiency, inspire innovation and create a binding community and culture is rapidly evolving.  If managed correctly the workplace can be a competitive advantage for employees.

We find ourselves asking questions “How do I keep up with uncertainty in the workplace?” “How do I prioritise what is important?” and “How do I prepare for what lies ahead?”  Work on the Move helps us answer these questions, it provides guides to getting the right project team in place, implementing strategy and persuading stakeholders, communicating with leadership and change management. Rich with information on trends and background history of the workplace the book features a roadmap and troubleshooting guide to make the manager’s job easier and global case studies showcasing best practice in workplace strategy and design from around the world. Two Geyer projects Telecom New Zealand and Bank Muscat in Oman are featured.