Again there often seems to be some positively serendipitous factors connecting all of these changes - we need work to be done more flexibly by more flexible workers and at the same time cost and environmental pressures are making our inflexible office spaces look so anachronistic.
We often don't need these huge head office buildings anymore, and if we do, we don't need long corridors of individual offices, or fields of open plan desks. We need much more flexible, creatively designed workplaces (physical facilities) and workspaces (virtual technology) which enable work to be performed more intelligently, and provide a compelling 'splace' for the new workers to get this new work done.
I often think some of the most exciting work in HR is currently being undertaken in Facilities Management and IT, so we need to be linked to these functions (as well as Finance, Procurement and Marketing) much more closely than we are. and I'll be writing about changes in the workplace and workspaces here as well.
But probably most importantly, do also note that when put together, the linked changes in work, the workforce and the workplace absolutely provide a perfect storm. And the need is often to find that integrated approach which links them all together - creating a sweet spot at the eye of the storm.