Trend Forum

First-class speakers and discussion groups can be found from Tuesday to Friday from 11:00 am in the ORGATEC Trend Forum. Once again, this year, the Trend Forum offers a wealth of informative lectures and exciting discussions concerning office design and work culture with international participants. The focus of the series of events is current trends in workplace design of the future.

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Tuesday, 23.10.2018

Presentation of the ORGATEC special report “Effective Office and Working Environments”

Discussions about office design and flexible working hours and work locations are a daily occurrence in companies, institutions and agencies. New findings on these topics will be revealed at the presentation of the ORGATEC special report “Effective Office and Working Environments”. The study was conducted by the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering (IAO/Fraunhofer-Institut für Arbeitswirtschaft und Organisation) on behalf of the designfunktion Group.

The study consulted more than 1,000 office and work environment experts as well as representatives from the architecture and property sectors who are dealing with the issue of “new working environments”. They gave their views on the quality of the overall design, quality of environmental features, degree of self-determination, learning culture, spatial representation of the corporate structure, and the quality of information and communications technologies in their organisation. Further exciting findings await you in the special analysis of very small companies and the issue of work locations.

The presentation will be led by Stephanie Wackernagel, Fraunhofer IAO.

Spaces that promise success for employees and companies

Capacity for innovation, employer attractiveness, and a spatial reflection of the corporate culture – the ideal future office has to meet many requirements. Samir Ayoub, Managing Director of the designfunktion Group, reports on the challenges that he faces when planning modern office and working environments.

How can a company’s structure be reflected? What is more important to companies today: reflecting hierarchies or project structures? Do we need a perfect work environment for every task? Multispace work environments with different zones for concentration, communication and quiet retreat are seen as fertile grounds for innovation and agility.

In eight out of ten projects that designfunktion works on as designers and furnishers, the companies are already choosing open layouts. Agile working methodologies and mobile work locations are seen as the state of the art. As a result, planning co-working and corporate co-working spaces has become a source of regular assignments for planners.

The presentation will be led by Samir Ayoub, Managing Director of the designfunktion Group.

The DNA of Responsible Sustainability in Material Design: The Natural Environmental Benefits of Manmade Decorative Surfaces.

Some materials were environmentally responsible long before “green” was a thing. Join us for a provocative look at the true environmental and design impacts of existing and evolving material options for furniture and interior design.

  • Advances in design and manufacturing processes help us preserve rare and fragile natural resources
  • Is there such a thing as “better than carbon neutral”?
  • How do the alternatives measure up? New research into the handling and application of commonly used inputs like formaldehyde and PVC
  • New generations of surface structures improve surface durability and antimicrobial properties

Kenn Busch is owner of Material Intelligence, which creates materials-based educational content for architects and interior designers, and publishes the website www.MaterialIntelligence.com He also hosts the Materials Pavilion at the NeoCon exhibition in Chicago, and is co-organizer of the Decorative Surfaces Conference with TCM North America. He has been covering the commercial furniture industry since 1990.

Workplace (R)Evolution for Well-being

We are at the vortex of change in this rapidly evolving society, with constant demands to shift into high gear at always increasing speeds. Concurrently, we have an increasing desire to be more connected to each other and to the eco-systems sustaining all life forms for our own well-being. The intricate relationship between technology and well-being is an essential challenge for the future of the design profession, and we need to consider evolving our workplaces to adapt to our changing needs.

Explore a case study of the ASID headquarters that takes healthy office design to the next level. The presentation will be given by ASID CEO Randy Fiser and will include content from the ASID 2018 Outlook and State of the Industry report’s Future of the Profession section and recent findings from on-going ASID workplace research at the headquarters living laboratory.

Wednesday, 24.10.2018

Every Where Has a Why: The Future of Human-Centered Workplace Design

Continued advances in technology have given us the freedom to work nearly anywhere. However, a strong sense of place continues to be a key driver of culture within organizations. As we seek increased levels of comfort, choice, and flexibility in our offices, successful workplace designers are creating spaces that are both high tech and high-touch.

Join IIDA Executive Vice President and CEO Cheryl S. Durst, Hon. IIDA, at ORGATEC as she moderates an illuminating discussion on the intersection of people, place and purpose in the workplace and the role designers have in creating office spaces that take human-centered design to the next level.

Featuring:

  • Gabrielle Bullock, IIDA, FAIA, NOMA, LEED AP BD+C, Principal and Director of Global Diversity, Perkins and Will
  • Susana Covarrubias, IIDA, Studio Director and Creative Director at Gensler
  • James Kerrigan, IIDA, LEED AP ID+C, Design Principal of Interiors, Jacobs
  • Sascha Wagner, FIIDA, AIA, LEED AP, President, CEO, Huntsman Architectural Group

12:45–4:00 p.m.
Session concerning the topic „The role of the working environment on improving employee engagement"

The 2018 Germany Workplace Survey – how do German Workplaces compare internationally?

Gensler will be launching their latest research findings from their Germany Workplace Survey at ORGATEC 2018. Gensler, the world-leading Architecture, Design and Consulting firm are internationally renowned for their Workplace Survey (WPS) research studies, first published in 2005, which is now one of the largest data-bases on Workplace Effectiveness in our industry. The presentation at the Trendforum will include a comparative analysis of the German Workplace to the US and UK to find the commonalities and differences in these leading economies.

The presentation will be given jointly by Philip Tidd, Principal/Head of Consulting, Europe and leader of Gensler’s newly established Munich office, and Janet Pogue, Principal and Work Sector Leader, Gensler USA (Washington D.C.).

Following the presentation, Gensler has invited a panel of their German Clients (companies to be confirmed) to react to the research findings in a facilitated panel discussion.

Award of the Best Work Place Award by Kununu in cooperation with the Interior Business Association

“Noise levels, ergonomics and design: how satisfied are you with the facilities at your office workplace?” This was the question put to users of kununu, the biggest employer evaluation platform in Europe, between 2 April and 20 May 2018 by kununu and the Interior Business Association (IBA). The organisers of the survey were looking for the Best Workplaces 2018 in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. More than 10,000 employees participated in the survey.

TEN EMPLOYERS WILL BE HONOURED

The three companies with the highest scores in the categories Small Companies (up to 49 employees), Medium Companies (between 50 and 249 employees) and Large Companies (250 or more employees) will receive the title Best Workplace 2018. In addition, a special award will be presented for the best workplace atmosphere.

The award ceremony will be held on Wednesday, 24 October 2018, at 3 p.m. in the Trend Forum at ORGATEC.

The event is supported by Quality Office.

Thursday, 25.10.2018

Presentation of the ORGATEC special report “Effective Office and Working Environments”

Discussions about office design and flexible working hours and work locations are a daily occurrence in companies, institutions and agencies. New findings on these topics will be revealed at the presentation of the ORGATEC special report “Effective Office and Working Environments”. The study was conducted by the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering (IAO/Fraunhofer-Institut für Arbeitswirtschaft und Organisation) on behalf of the designfunktion Group.

The study consulted more than 1,000 office and work environment experts as well as representatives from the architecture and property sectors who are dealing with the issue of “new working environments”. They gave their views on the quality of the overall design, quality of environmental features, degree of self-determination, learning culture, spatial representation of the corporate structure, and the quality of information and communications technologies in their organisation. Further exciting findings await you in the special analysis of very small companies and the issue of work locations.

The presentation will be led by Udo-Ernst Haner, Fraunhofer IAO.

Spaces that promise success for employees and companies

Capacity for innovation, employer attractiveness, and a spatial reflection of the corporate culture – the ideal future office has to meet many requirements. Samir Ayoub, Managing Director of the designfunktion Group, reports on the challenges that he faces when planning modern office and working environments.

How can a company’s structure be reflected? What is more important to companies today: reflecting hierarchies or project structures? Do we need a perfect work environment for every task? Multispace work environments with different zones for concentration, communication and quiet retreat are seen as fertile grounds for innovation and agility.

In eight out of ten projects that designfunktion works on as designers and furnishers, the companies are already choosing open layouts. Agile working methodologies and mobile work locations are seen as the state of the art. As a result, planning co-working and corporate co-working spaces has become a source of regular assignments for planners.

The presentation will be led by Samir Ayoub, Managing Director of the designfunktion Group.

Employee Engagement & Wellbeing: Understanding the Implications for the Workplace of the Future

A mounting body of evidence points to how materials, design, and the integration of the two, affect an employee's emotional commitment to the organization and its goals. Progressive companies understand the economic benefits associated with a highly engaged workforce and how this can be influenced though the physical environment. While we can't predict the future, we can show what trends and applications can affect worker happiness and engagement with their work. BIFMA's analysis of existing data, combined with our own research and statistics, considers workplace culture and how design and furniture can be tools for building greater employee engagement.

BIFMA Director of Outreach Jennifer Wammack will lead the presentation. BIFMA is the North American trade association for business and institutional furniture manufacturers.

Co-Working, Co-Living, Co-Learning - how Co-Spaces shape the cities of tomorrow

Our work is getting more complex, resources are becoming scarce while we humans are longing for more community. No wonder that all these new places which promise us new inspiring and flexible forms of Co-Working, Co-Living and Co-Learning are booming. Until now, these spaces often resemble small islands for the Avantgarde in their cities, unconnected from their neighborhood(s). However, we wonder: What can emerge once these spaces get consciously developed as central hubs in the district in a collaborative effort between operators, users and urban planners? How can startups and corporates benefit? Where can technology support? And how much community does a human being really want?

In this session, we want to share insights from existing projects under development in Europe and dare to create an outlook with the audience.

The presentation will be given by Jonathan Imme and Cornelia Bredt.

Friday, 26.10.2018

Blockchain in daily business

Blockchain really does exist – and not just as a shared digital ledger for bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. In logistics, IoT platforms like Xage and international shipping companies are already making whole supply chains traceable from end to end with blockchain. Pharmaceutical companies can guarantee that their products are genuine right up to delivery to the customer, and energy suppliers can regulate feed-in with smart contracts. – How does all this work and what do users need to prepare for?

Thomas Jannot, born in 1965, is founder and CTO of MittelstandsWiki, an information platform for medium-sized companies, Managing Director of just 4 business GmbH and Director of Heise Business Services, as well as the author of diverse specialist books. He follows the interlinked development of ITC and the world of work as a “participant-observer” equipped with experience, expert knowledge and interest.

“What kind of future would you like to have?”

Succession planning in family companies: how your decisions about your company’s leadership can optimise processes and establish a new company culture.

Choosing a suitable successor is one of the most important tasks for the head of any family company. It is also one of the most difficult. Suppressed emotions and family conflicts have the potential to trigger real dramas and can grow to become existential threats for the company.

But simply handing over the reins is not enough. A leadership change means change at all levels. It affects products and processes, the company culture and working conditions. You should be prepared for it.

This is your chance to shape the future. Reinvent your company.

Dirk Wiebusch is Managing Director of the Institute for Entrepreneurial Families (IFUF). He has more than twenty years’ experience in advising family-run companies of all sizes, from small-scale trade businesses to large corporations.

Software eats sales – the digitalisation of distribution channels in the construction industry

Digitalisation is increasingly replacing conventional business models in the construction industry. Medium-sized companies and market leaders have to change if they don’t want to be overtaken by start-ups – but how? In his talk “Software Eats Sales” Leopold Neuerburg presents four ways in which you can support your sales digitally and make sure your business is prepared for the decades to come.