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How to shape the workplace of the 21st century ?

It seems that we are already in the middle of the 21st century so why even think about a workplace of the 21st century?

Chronologically speaking, we are just starting the 3rd decade, so there are still 80 years to go in this 21st century.

Furthermore the world changes very quickly, the working conditions and surroundings change, workplaces change, disappear or are newly created in a very fast pace, how is it possible to keep up in a motivated mood in the middle of this movement?


A lot of thinkers, philosophers, economists, psychologists and more have published and still publish a variety of essays on the subject of the perfect workplace. This is a theme where every professionally active person is concerned.


Following the result of the Gallup study from 2017 about the worldwide employees’ engagement 15% of all employees were engaged with their workplace. The rest was more or less disengaged which drives a high loss in productivity.


How could that arrive? A plenitude of ideas and theories that were published through the centuries, and still that is not enough as the majority of employed people seems to be dissatisfied at work?


Perhaps the question to be asked here should be : were all the ideas and theories implemented and followed up in the companies to be sure they bring an added value to the well-being of the employees and thus the performance of the employing company?


I created Berg Global Consulting to be able to change things in the working world on my micro-scale.

Berg’s Active Engagement Programme has the aim to intervene in the well-being of the employees at their workplace thanks to the great ideas and theories of the relevant authors, put in practice and followed up.


But the first question to ask is: what exactly is workplace meaning?


Short answer: the place where people work.


In Wikipedia one can find a more complete definition:

A workplace is a location where someone works for his or her employer, a place of employment. Such a place can range from a home office to a large office building or factory. For industrialized societies, the workplace is one of the most important social spaces other than the home, constituting "a central concept for several entities: the worker and his/her family, the employing organization, the customers of the organization, and the society as a whole".[1] The development of new communication technologies have led to the development of the virtual workplace, a workplace that is not located in any one physical space.”

[1]Paul Jackson, Reima Suomi, e-Business and Workplace Redesign (2004), p. 37

That definition comprises the today known physical and virtual workplaces, not expressly mentioned is the digital workplace which is part of the virtual.


Which one is the best option in the future?

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