The Workplace: Beyond 2021
Tuesday, 10 November @ 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM EST
12:30 – 13:30 GMT | 18:00 – 19:00 IST
A Sponsored Fringe Event hosted by HNI India – One of the World’s Largest Workplace Furniture Providers; and Freespace, Leading Workplace Technology Company
How to make diverse spaces adaptable, engaging, personal and safe.
Where do you want to work tomorrow?
Likely you will have many options – your home, a shared workspace, public spaces and yes, the office. In spite of the naysayers, the office is not going away; but for many, it will be different. And it will be one part of a network of places where people will meet, collaborate, build community, and culture, and grow their business.
Workspaces moving forward will need to become even more flexible, multi-purpose and offer a human-centric and safe environment for a diverse population. They will be designed to anticipate the user’s needs, help them find the right space for their personal and work needs, on demand, in real time. Every visit will be an experience – clean, fresh, inviting and exciting.
Join Eric Johnson, Senior Workplace Advisor and Lauren Gant, Human Factors and Ergonomics Manager from HNI and Raj Krishnamurthy, the CEO of Freespace while they share insights and discuss how space, technology, and the organization will integrate to create this new workspace focused on the people that use it.
About the Speakers
Eric D. Johnson
Senior Workplace Advisor, HNI
Eric’s passion is effectively integrating the breadth of workplace components – combining design, talent, operations, and technology – to creatively and optimally support new ways of working, changing work practices, and an increasingly diverse workforce. Eric received an MA in Organizational Development from Marymount University and a BS in Architecture from the University of Virginia. He is an active member of CoreNet Global, and part of the Workplace Evolutionaries leadership.
Lauren Gant, PhD, CPE, WELL AP
Human Factors and Ergonomics Manager, HNI
Dr. Lauren Gant, PhD, CPE, WELL AP is the Human Factors and Ergonomics Manager at HNI. Lauren’s background in biomedical engineering allows her to apply human factors and ergonomics principles to the design of office furniture, and to research emerging trends in the office environment.
She is highly involved in product development and in research of emerging trends. Lauren has taught engineering and ergonomics courses at the university level, has conducted extensive research in the field of ergonomics, and holds a doctoral degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Iowa. Sheis an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Iowa, is a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, and is a Certified Professional Ergonomist, granted by the Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics. Lauren is also a WELL Accredited Professional and Fitwel Ambassador and is qualified to provide guidance regarding health and wellness in the built environment.
Raj is one of the co-founding partners and CEO of Freespace (Workplace Fabric). He is very experienced in delivering solutions for the workplace with previous roles as Innovations Director for a $1b FM company and GM of a $100m global service organization. He balances his passion for technology with creating value-based solutions that sustain for the long term. He is an expert in user centric thinking solutions and systems. Raj is deeply committed to customers success and is passionate about cultivating selective, deep and global relationships.