#truMunich, the recruiting “unconference”, is part of a global series. There are no presentations, no pitching, and no name tags. They are designed to encourage conversation and debate between people with shared interests and challenges in recruitment. Below are four key themes that stood out during the event.

Workplace transformation. Smart technologies. Team mobility. Social recruitment.

These were all key themes at #truMunich, the recruiting “unconference” where I recently led a track on the future of work in a smart and connected world. The event is part of a global series led by HR tech and recruiting leader, Bill Boorman (literal hat tip), where there’s no presentations, no pitching, and no name tags. They are designed to encourage conversation and debate between people with shared interests and challenges in recruitment. With all the exciting debates in the various tracks, here are four key themes that stood out during #truMunich.

1. Geography Is Not Our Master and Workforce Mobility Is on the Rise

The global mobile workforce is set to increase from 1.45 billion in 2016, to 1.87 billion in 2022, according to Strategy Analytics’ latest report, “Global Mobile Workforce Forecast Update.” Over the past decade, a growing number of millennial workers, primarily from the U.S. and Europe, have leveraged technology to work remotely. Furthermore, the World Economic Forum shares that flexibility in the workplace is a key driver of transformation within the workplace.

“The global mobile workforce is set to increase from 1.45 billion in 2016, to 1.87 billion in 2022, according to Strategy Analytics’ latest report, ‘Global Mobile Workforce Forecast Update.'”

#truMunich participants discussed how technology, gamification and social media can be used to keep remote teams connected, engaged, productive and focused. Technology is going to be increasingly critical to ensure success in this flexible work model, which leads me to my second point…

2. Technology Is Driving Workplace Transformation

HR tech talk is a hot topic right now. Vendors, brands, and workforce organizations are taking a seat at the same table to understand how adopting bold new technologies can transform the workplace. The potential uses and promise of virtual reality (VR) in the workplace are in the early stages of exploration, especially as a way to improve education, test products, and increase global team collaboration. In particular sectors, the use of VR and augmented reality (AR) technologies to revolutionize training and learning is growing rapidly, such as within the utility, scientific, and consumer industries. (Learn more about how we did this with DTE Energy and the ‘Working at Heights’ high-consequence training experience.)

3. The Power of Play in Employee Engagement

Employee engagment is a complicated topic that has stymied leaders for decades and spawned a sea of research into engagement and change management techniques. Still, 70% of transformations – along with the revenue and profits they could have yielded – fall by the wayside. Perhaps not coincidentally, 70% of employees do not consider themselves engaged at work. It seems traditional change methods may have met their match in the disengaged modern employee. Engaging employees with gamification at an enterprise level may be the long awaited answer to motivating and connecting employees in an increasingly global and mobile workforce environment.

“Engaging employees with gamification at an enterprise level may be the long awaited answer to motivating and connecting employees in an increasingly global and mobile workforce environment.”

The value of gamification was universally understood at #truMunich. The challenge is how to operationalize this successfully, with limited internal resources, time constraints, and competing priorities. Leveraging an eco-system of partners to close the innovation-execution gap can be a key accelerator in developing next generation employee engagement tools that drive business forward.

4. Smart Offices and the Tech Savvy Generation

Smart offices, also known as responsive or digital workplaces where technology is used to make our physical work space “smart” and adaptable to company workflows, are on the rise. We understand that smart technologies are transforming the way we live, work, and play. Gartner Research predicts there will be 25 billion IoT-enabled devices by 2020, and by 2022, a typical family home could contain more than 500 smart devices. But what does this mean for the future of the office?

Steelcase recently delivered a use case at Munich Creative Business Week on the seismic changes we will see during the next decade in the way we work, and the places we choose to work. Embracing the new interactive, smart, and connected office can help make companies more intelligent. The future vision of a smart office is promising, and has potential to improve both the employee experience and corporate profitability.

The Future. Now.

Thanks to our hosts at CareerBuilder and Broad Bean, it was an exciting opportunity to connect with industry peers, technology providers, and HR pros on the future of work and the technologies that will disrupt and transform business across the U.S. and Europe.

“The future vision of a smart office is promising, and has potential to improve both the employee experience and corporate profitability.”

Europe’s readiness to connect in a ”smart” way is on a steady track. Change is coming fast, and for most leaders, transformation is serious business – essential to driving growth and achieving an edge in a hypercompetitive marketplace. Leaders are starting to examine their talent needs more holistically, and understand that technology must play an increaesd role to ensure better collaboration and management of this new and distributed global workforce.

Are You Ready for the New Way of Working?

Vectorform works with clients to close the innovation-execution gap, allowing them to fully understand and achieve what’s possible. Learn more about how Vectorform is helping transform businesses, homes, and offices to work and succeed in our increasingly “smart” world. Contact us to continue the conversation.


Sources

https://remote.co/10-stats-about-remote-work/
https://www.strategyanalytics.com/strategy-analytics/news/strategy-analytics-press-releases/strategy-analytics-press-release/2016/11/09/the-global-mobile-workforce-is-set-to-increase-to-1.87-billion-people-in-2022-accounting-for-42.5-of-the-global-workforce#.WQxhB2VGujQ
https://www.forbes.com/sites/lyndashaw/2014/08/18/trust-your-workforce-to-work-remotely/#d0adf546a06d
http://universumglobal.com/articles/2017/03/vr-ar-hr-tech-can-transform-workplace/
http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/9463-smart-office-responsive-workplace.html

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