Get ready for chaos in the way we work and the places we work Posted 2012, 27 March Flexibility in the way we work and where we work is about to go to a whole new chaotic level. We’ve known for some time that technology and globalisation are rapidly and dramatically changing the way we do business. Now pundits are saying the increasing unpredictability of markets, the economy and our culture means business is going to a whole new level. We are in a new world and adaptability is the key to survival. Fast Company magazine recently published an article saying the future of business is “pure chaos“. It says the rate of change, and the constant reinvention of people’s work and roles is totally chaotic, and business has to be ready for it. “Despite recession, currency crises, and tremors of financial instability, the pace of disruption is roaring ahead… when businesspeople search for the right forecast – the road map and model that will define the next era – no credible long-term picture emerges. There is one certainty, however. The next decade or two will be defined more by fluidity than by any new, settled paradigm; if there is a pattern to all this, it is that there is no pattern. The most valuable insight is that we are, in a critical sense, in a time of chaos.” The article goes on to describe the new generation of young professionals as Generation Flux. It is a generation where earning a living and where you work is in constant change. It is time then, to completely rethink our workplace property strategies. And constantly rethink them. The right location and size of workplace today could be completely out of sync in less than a year. Bricks and mortar strategies are being replaced by a constantly adaptable wireless world. Business roadmaps that embrace mobility and flexibility will rule. Generation Flux may well run many jobs at the same time in the rising Freelance Economy where full time jobs will be a thing of the past. We need to be ready for it and get comfortable with constant surprise and change.