Architects, designers, workplace consultants, experts, leaders and CEOs joined forces this week at Milliken’s showroom in Clerkenwell for the 7th in the series of the MixInspired events.
Aiming to inspire, inform and entertain, David Smalley, director of Mix Interiors – the leading architecture and design magazine – chaired the panel debate which set out to explore the people and culture shaping tomorrow’s workplace.
Featuring a trio of those very people, the panel included:
Dereck Dziva, workplace performance manager at CIMA, the world’s largest and leading professional body of management accountants.
Glenn Elliott, founder and CEO of Reward Gateway; the employee engagement technology company.
Mike Walley, head of workplace experience EMEA at Criteo; the global leader in digital performance marketing.
Between them, the panellists come from varied backgrounds spanning the realms of logistics, facilities, project management, employee engagement, leadership development, entrepreneurship and hospitality…
Today, they’re responsible for implementing a vision that creates and maintains an enabling workplace environment. Working with designers and architects to shine a light on the possibilities of the workplace experience, the specialists share a key commonality; to get the best out of people.
Each of these individuals are tasked with providing a work environment that encourages people to collaborate, engage and perform. Together they discussed the challenges associated with creating a great work experience, particularly now 30% of the workforce sits in the “millennial” category.
The general consensus…?
Regardless of age, a workplace needs to support the people operating within it. It needs to allow people to come to work and do what matters.
As Walley argues: “At the end of the day, everybody really wants the same thing…”