Alex Edds: Workplace Transformation and the Next Generation Employee

With the average workforce in 2020 said to comprise 35% millennials, 35% Generation X, 24% Generation Z and only 6% Baby Boomers, Alex examines the big challenge for businesses, and the implication for the real estate industry, when it comes to workplace transformation – how to accommodate for a diverse workforce with varying working styles and needs?

When thinking about this title, it got me thinking about my typical work day. The problem is, I don’t have one. And perhaps that is the point.

I have a lot of meetings. It comes with the job. But I try to combine as many meetings as I can into two working days (although it rarely works out that way) so that I can keep other days free. I work from home at least once a week which is my time to focus on getting things done. That said, with the ease of video conferencing, I’d say about half my meetings are online – so in reality I conduct meetings from the office, home, café or train.

The point is, for me, the office is a place to meet. Not just organised meetings with colleagues, clients or suppliers, but impromptu meetings – in the café or in the breakout area.

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Alex Edds

Alex Edds

Alex is Director of Innovation at JLL. His role includes advising JLL UK on strategic and systemic innovations to improve business processes. Alex is responsible for identifying and establishing partnerships and building networks of experts to support innovation for JLL clients - including transactions; asset and portfolio management; retail, logistics, smart buildings and smart cities, design and construction and workplace.