What Can we Expect From the Future Workplace?
To gain an understanding of the future of the workplace, it makes sense to examine how people worked during the pandemic. Especially because it opens up new possibilities for neurodivergent people in their work life. This is the message that Liselotte Lyngsø, Futurist and CEO of Future Navigator, shares with Specialisterne in the short video above.
During the pandemic it was necessary to work in new ways. This has made both employers and employees aware of the needs of different personality types. Some people find that they thrive working from home most of the time. While others need to work together with their colleagues more often.
The pandemic has redefined what a good work life looks like, with a shift in focus from a work-life balance to a life-work balance. This increases the chances of autistic people being included in the workplace, because it is potentially easier to accommodate their needs.
Instead of just looking at the needs of the employer, Liselotte Lyngsø sees a trend leaning toward the needs and wants of the employee. And using that frame of mind to design a work life where the employee can fully realise their potential. In fact all people, whether or not they are autistic, need accommodations to fulfil their potential in the workplace.
The workplace of the future needs to be flexible enough to accommodate extreme individualism. This puts extra demands on the shoulders of management. They need to be able to listen to the needs of the individual employee while simultaneously creating a thriving collegial community – all while making sure the company brand remains relevant. “It is certainly a challenge” , Liselotte Lyngsø admits, “but the payoff is happy and satisfied employees”.
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