Millennial’s, technology and new business models—what we learned at World Workplace

IFMA World Workplace was held in Stockholm last spring, the first time the conference took place in Europe. Coor met some of the delegates and asked what they’ll be taking home from the conference.

What was the most important insight you gained at World Workplace 2017?

- Probably that millenials (people born after 1985) are actually the generation that is happiest with their workplaces. In my work, I help management teams to produce carefully planned workplace strategies (through a combination of the physical environment, technology and people). I’ve often heard it said that millenials are demanding in terms of their workplace needs compared to other generations, and that we need to adapt to their requirements. However, a very interesting lecture at World Workplace based on data collated via Leesman, explained that millenials actually have the highest satisfaction ratings regarding their workplaces, and that it’s actually the generation before them that needs more progressive workplaces and smarter working methods. Put simply, generation X (1965–1984) often need to perform more complex tasks that require smarter and more varied workplaces if they are to carry out their work optimally.

Britt Lindqvist, Head of Development, Vasakronan

- Apart from all the stimulating meetings and discussions, the main thing I’ll take home from the conference is that many of the changes needed to benefit from technological advances, new working methods and new business models are still to come. At the same time, innovative solutions and implemented examples already exist in several areas, which we can learn from.

Victor Mannerholm Hammar, Chairman of IFMA Sweden & Senior Manager, EY

- It’s been very inspiring to find out more about the technological progress taking place internationally. There’s considerable potential for the FM sector as a whole to step up to the next level. I also think the conference provides an excellent opportunity for networking and knowledge exchange.

Nicolas Israelsson, Strategic Business Development, Region Skåne