Citrix: Redesigning the Future of Work with Flexibility
What can you expect when you tell a cubicle generation of workers that your company is adopting a flexible workplace redesign? Even if you don’t say the words “open office,” panic ensues.
“Where will I put my things? I won’t have my own office anymore? How will I find my team? What about germs!?”
These are the questions I received (over and over again) when I was part of the organizational change management team handling the people side of the workspace redesign of our Citrix HQ in Ft. Lauderdale, FL almost five years ago.
Today, according to our recent survey with Wakefield Research, 87% of US office professionals say a flexible work environment resulted in positive outcomes: increased morale (51%) and productivity (50%), lower turnover (35%), and stronger recruiting (34%).
After personally experiencing the benefits of flexibility day in and day out, I wholly agree. But first, let’s rewind five years to when a redesign felt like an unsurmountable challenge.
From a business perspective, the benefits of a redesign were crystal clear: increased employee autonomy, higher engagement, a productivity boost, a culture of innovation, and better bottom line results. We had the technology to securely enable flexibility, so what could stop us from achieving these results?
As a member of our Organizational Change Management team, who was dually affected by the redesign, I knew the answer: people.
Most people are naturally resistant to change. They feel vulnerable when they perceive a threat to their sense of certainty and ability to be successful. Apply this general truth to a generation that associates “workspace” with their office or cubicle, and you can imagine the challenge of implementing a flexible work environment.
Read the entire article here, Citrix: Redesigning the Future of Work with Flexibility
Via the fine folks at Citrix Systems, Inc.