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Re:Remote Work

Re:Remote Work

Re:Remote Work

An exploration of the past, present, and potential futures of our workplace settings.

2019 winner of the OCAD University Graduate Medal for best research project
2019 winner of the President’s Scholarship

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It is no secret that the way in which we work has been changing. From digital nomadism to advances in information technology, changes in our society are allowing individuals to pursue their careers with more agency than ever before. Referred to as remote work, this trend is actively shaping the future of work and by extension, the future of the workplace.

Many additional changes are manifesting themselves in the world of work. Curiously, what does not seem to be evolving much are workspace services, tools, and environments that cater specifically to remote working tendencies.

Other than coworking spaces and home offices, there are not many specifically designed remote working innovations. This research project seeks to inform the design of workplaces purpose-built for the needs and desires of remote workers, as opposed to having individuals continue to make do with co-opted settings as workplaces. By thinking of our workplaces as platforms composed of workplace tools, services, environments, and experiences capable of shaping our social connections, expanding our knowledge, and inspiring self-growth we may begin to define the potential that the future holds for creating flourishing workplaces.

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This is an important area of investigation as we attempt to transition our society towards more efficient, engaging, and flexible ways of working. This research project  aims to uncover existing frustrations associated with the alternative workplace experience by way of survey, cultural probe, and observations. These findings are paired with insights gained from a foresight exercise to inform a range of opportunity areas and guiding visions for future workplaces. In summary, this master research project looks at the past, present, and potential futures of the workplace in order to understand ways in which our workplace settings may be made more suitable to the changing workplace demands while pairing more nicely with our human needs and desires.

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Main “research magazine”

The main research paper is published in a 300-page “research magazine”. It has been purposefully designed and written to be accessible, unpretentious, and fun to skim or read in its entirety.

Skim it here.

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Scenarios booklet

The scenarios booklet contains descriptions for 4 future worlds of work. Each world includes a day-in-the-life narrative for a character as well as a macro-environmental explanation for the state of the world.

See it here.

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Trends booklet

This booklet takes a look at key trends actively shaping the future world of work, workers, and workplaces. They are organized according to their macro-trends (drivers of change).

Find it here.

The project combined primary research findings, secondary research insights, and generative foresight exercises in order to define a series of guiding visions for the main four types of workplace environments identified early on in the research.

Private spaces

Guiding Vision
Shared spaces that leverage the network of individuals and tools to provide a more high-performing and inspired workspace.

Public-shared spaces

Guiding Vision
Semi-private workplaces that are mindful of an individual’s desire for privacy and fast, reliable connectivity, as well as is mindful of strangers’ desires for an undisturbed environment.

Private-shared spaces

Guiding Vision
Shared spaces that leverage the network of individuals and tools to provide a more high-performing and inspired workspace.

Public spaces

Guiding Vision
Public work settings that maximize personal comfort, safety, and connectivity while leveraging the entirety of urban environments.

You can download the research paper here, the scenarios booklet here, and the trends booklet here. If you don’t have time to do all of that, perhaps consider skimming through this 20-page super ultra condensed (yet still awesome) version.

If you find the information within these research documents interesting, please feel free to share with others. As always, please remember to credit and/or link back to the source (that’s me!). Thanks!

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