Early this month we had the FUTURE Workplaces Summit in Prague, Czech Republic. The summit gathered business leaders, influencers and thinkers to discuss the latest workplace innovations. In addition, discussing how to improve the preparation of future workplaces in creating an enjoyable, productive, flexible and human-driven workplace environment.

Johnny Dunford is the Global Corporate Solutions & Senior Director at  BNP Paribas Real Estate,  one of our expert speakers who discussed 'Productivity in the Workplace - How to Add Value' and its traditional cost-oriented approach.

We briefly interviewed Johnny Dunford on his first FUTURE Workplace Summit.




  • What did you think of the event and what were the main highlights for you?

Really good, I like Gorge Muir and Ron Bakker's presentations and the opportunity to think about what the future looks like for the property industry.

  • Can you briefly elaborate on Lmi that you presented at the summit?

I presented the Leesman index and the way we use it as a tool to measure workplace effectiveness. We have found that occupiers do not have easy to understand systems for measuring how well the workplace supports activities that are going on within the workplace. The Lessman Index provides an independent system that provides tools for comparison across different buildings, locations and industries. 

Unlike internal surveys or staff satisfaction measures, Leesman provides a benchmark against and over 200,000 responses. BNP Paribas Real Estate use it to shape the way we develop a portfolio strategy, we have a unique way of developing and SWOT analysis that is easy to interpret and popular occupiers.

 If you were predicting which issues will be the most prominent ones in the workplace transformation 10 years from now, what would those be?  

    • Mobility - The staff can work from anywhere but the challenge is that they have a very active workplace and the staff can be productive.
    • Productivity - at present we do not measure productivity and output, businesses are increasingly required to be efficient - we have systems for measuring output and we are working on this.
    • Connectivity - We are already connected all the time but the new development will be that our working environment will be able to interpret our needs and wants to create environments that are effective for our needs.

Innovation in the workplace is critical to advancing how to work and how people, places and processes, connected with technology, can be together to create a high-functioning and innovative organization. This year's FUTURE Workplaces Summit successfully covered these areas creating an environment that allowed networking opportunities with key leaders in the industry.

The summit was a true success and we look forward to hosting the 2 nd  Future Workplaces Summit next year.


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