A current solution to a future problem The technology may exist now; but the need doesnâ€™t; things will be different in 2030 ...
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1. Checklist Renowned surgeon and author Atul Gawande published an entire book on how checklists can revolutionise the workplace. With increasingly blurred roles and a higher volume of responsibilities, workers can benefit from detailed checklists to reduce stress. This would allow the workplace to become results-based, changing the rigidity of the conventional work day.
2. Diminished workspace. Population increase (specifically in urban areas) will lead to higher property prices, leading to smaller offices, and an emphasis on working from home. Smaller businesses may be ‘priced out’ of office space altogether. 3. Role change An increasingly collaborative workplace could encourage the breakdown of formal working roles in certain professions. Workers would benefit from being able to make their own decisions, and from the transparency of working methods.
4. The Hive With the ability and increasing need to work from home, the office space itself will transform. Johnson Controls predicts a ‘Hive’ office, where people work remotely but use the office space as a host for social interaction, and as a ‘club’ for collaboration and regular meetings. 5. Transatlanticism Punchcard would allow for greater connectivity to wider reaching branches of larger companies. The studio in Bali could interact with the L.A office and the L.A office could interact with Head Office in London.
6. 24/7 So much connectivity will come at a price: workers will be expected to become more flexible and it will only get easier to be Online all the time. Wifi and phone networks will be faster and and gain better coverage and be better equipt to support a seamless workplace. If we combine this connectivity and flexibility with the results based workplace, we get a non-linear workday.
Playing to a worker’s individual strengths allows for maximum productivity. Projects, targets and deadlines stop workers from straying all together, and the Hive office structure exists for support and collaboration. In a non-linear work day, it doesn’t matter when and where you work, just that you work at all.
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It might be impossible to predict what we’re going to be working on, but it seems increasingly likely that mobile working will be expected of us. It won’t be easily accepted, because of the strain of being constantly accessible, we’ll be at our boss’s beck and call, day and night, seven days a week. We might just witness the death of the weekend, in favour of more flexible time off.
Yo u r Workfo rc e i s a Co n st e lla t i o n
Think of your workforce as a constellation; smaller elements working together to inform the bigger picture on a global scale; if not a celestial one ...
From Alert, Nunavut CA Population: 5
To Mongkok, Mongkok, HK HK To Population: 130,000 130,000 p/km2 p/km2 Population:
McGill university is a prestigious research school with several fieldstations scattered across the globe. Their Arctic Research station in the Nunavut area of Canada is cold and nearly inhospitable, a far cry from McGill’s Bellairs Research station in the tropical climes of Barbados, where the research staff dive for specimens in Speedos and bikinis. Despite the climate extremes, the work they conduct isn’t all that dissimilar to one another. Both research centres share an overlap in the topics of Geology, Microbiology and Climate Change.
Punchcard would allow these two seemingly polar (pardon the pun) opposites to work together seemlessly. It’s easy to match the two stations up (and keep McGill campus proper up to speed as well) by making their findings transparent to one another. Group chat rooms would encourage open collaboration and critical discourse, and sharing data can be done with a flick of the hand ensuring quick and easy data transparency.
Members of Kyle Whiteâ€™s research team, McGill Arctic Research Centre, Nunavut, CA
Members of the research team at McGillâ€™s Bellairs Research Institute Barbados, BB
Clock in / Clock Out Clock in to Punchcard to become available for discussion, collaboration and keep track of when you work.
Approval list Sometimes the easiest solution is the simplest one. Colour-coding tasks that have been approved, those waiting approval, and those that need changing.
Chri s t ma s g ra phi cs awa i t i ng a pprova l from H.O Logo ne e d s cha ng e s : Se e A nna N JD P i t ch: Approve d ! Si t e g ra phi cs : Approve d ! Si mps on pi t ch: Approve d !
S e t t a rg e t s
What you do best Punchcard utilises built in analytics to give realtime feedback on what you do best and when and where you do it.
Cha t Most workplaces have some kind of IM platform, be it unofficial or not. Itâ€™s not uncommon for file transfers and intra-office communications to be conducted over an off-the-shelf product such as Skype. Encouraging complete transparency in the work place, Punchcard does away with person-to-person communication and puts influence on a collaborative environment by only including group chat. Forcing people out of their comfort zone yields great results for a creative, collaborative workplace. With no option but to share, an idea previously only seen by few is published office-wide, and questions are thrown open to the floor.
Ticker The Ticker would allow you to select projects that you qualify for, and help reduce intra-office tensions by breaking down the barriers. Ticker is best for large multi-faceted organisations and freelancers who could use Punchcard to pick up work. In a larger workforce, Ticker would encourage relationships and collaborations though aspects of a workforce that might not usually work together. A developer could source other devs to check their code, or other users to test it. A designer could link with a developer to test out the feasiblity of a concept.
When do you work best? Are you a Night Owl or an Early Bird?
Monitored Working Productivity can be a double-edged sword; engage with a project too much and you neglect other crucial needs like sleeping, eating, and god forbid, bathing. Work too little and it becomes harder to pick up the pace.
You see what happens to slackers, McFly?
Punchcard helps maintain a healthy work/life balance; something that will be even more essential by 2030. Work too few hours, Punchcard will send you a friendly reminder, and if you still don’t work enough, maybe Punchcard will send a friendly reminder to your boss... On the other hand —if you’re working too much— Punchcard will have a stern word with you and tell you to go have a cup of coffee and take a walk.