“What a shame, it’s Friday”
The 4th ORGATEC Symposium on Motivation and Identification

 

As leading international trade fair, the next ORGATEC will present an overview of all facets of modern working environments. From 25 to 29 October 2016, renowned exhibitors will present innovative products and solutions related to office work in Cologne. However, the trade fair already addressed new developments in the industry in preparation for the event. The recently held 4th ORGATEC Symposium “Office. Space. Trends.” focused on the topics of motivation and identification – crucial conditions for the wellbeing of employees and the success of companies.

Renowned experts had been invited to the symposium in Cologne to deal with aspects of motivation and emotional bonding of employees. An urgent topic. According to the current engagement index by the Gallup consulting agency, 70 out of 100 employees feel no or only limited loyalty to their employer. The consequence: on Monday they are already looking forward to the weekend and do work to rule at best. “What a shame, it’s Friday” therefore was the title of the event pointing out the possibilities of new and different approaches.

Intended to herald the content of the ORGATEC, the last symposium was able to build a bridge between everyday work routines and work culture. Fresh ideas and innovative solutions for modern working environments will then be presented at the trade fair next year.

 

Networks and freedom

Since today’s more mobile and more flexible working methods make social interaction in the office and tying employees to the company increasingly difficult. “The separation of work and private life hardly takes place anymore,” commented journalist and presenter Hajo Schumacher at the beginning of the symposium. Consequently, employers are called upon to establish open communication and create a motivating environment in their company.

In his lecture, renowned British psychologist Dr. Craig Knight illustrated what such a working environment should look like. In studies on office design he points to a remarkable circumstance: the more self-determined the workplace is set up the higher is both the wellbeing and the efficiency and effectiveness of employees.

Changes in the environment are also the focus of trend consultant Birgit Gebhardt – with regard to the behaviour of executives though. In her opinion, a networked working environment also requires a new work culture: instead of upholding rigid hierarchies, she speaks up for agile organisations, instead of targeted control she calls for more freedom and sovereignty. As a manager at Microsoft, Thorsten Hübschen experiences this change at first hand on the job. The director of the Office Division in Germany regards new programmes as a chance to link agile networks for customers, employees and product innovations.

 

Changes in the work culture

In a well-managed company, employees identify with the firm and feel responsible for its success. However, how can employees be sensibly involved in the layout of new working environments?

The successful involvement of employees in the layout of new working environments was presented by architect Dr. Pe-Ru Tsen together with project manager Jürgen Preute at Lufthansa. They developed their own involvement methods for the implementation of the airline’s new workplace concepts: surveys and feedback rounds provided employees an opportunity to contribute their specific demands and ideas to the replanning – a fact that considerably facilitated identification with the new environment.

The Berlin-based agency “Dark Horse”, which was presented at the symposium by Christian Beinke and Patrick Kenzler, sees itself in the vanguard of a new corporate culture. Founded by 30 partners, the agency supports clients in, for example, the introduction of new methods and modification of work culture. This is supported by their own organisational structure, which banks on trust and dynamic teamwork. The concluding lecture by Cordula Nussbaum was also geared towards motivation at the workplace. On the basis of five questions she wants to help executives to better sound out their own interests and those of their staff. According to the renowned journalist and book author, this is the only way to achieve permanently successful motivation.

Intended to herald the content of the ORGATEC, the last symposium was able to build a bridge between everyday work routines and work culture. Fresh ideas and innovative solutions for modern working environments will then be presented at the trade fair next year. From 25 to 29 October 2016, ORGATEC in Cologne will present the complete world of work.

Dr. Hajo Schumacher
Dr. Hajo Schumacher
Dr. Craig Knight
Dr. Craig Knight
Birgit Gebhardt
Birgit Gebhardt
Christian Beinke & Partner
Christian Beinke & Partner
Cordula Nussbaum
Cordula Nussbaum
Jürgen Preute
Jürgen Preute

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