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ThinkFM 2014: Megatrends for change

Peter Cheese

The fast-moving transformation of the workplace provides an opportunity for HR and FM to work together.

16 May 2014 

As the workplace and work environment changes there are opportunities for human resources and facilities management to work together.

Peter Cheese, speaking at ThinkFM this week, believes the professions are at an “inflection point”. Both have a chance to create better working lives for the employees they serve.

Cheese cited a number of “megatrends” affecting the workplace. These include a more volatile and less predictable economy, a more collaborative and flexible work structure; a more diverse and demanding workforce and a balance between formal and informal structures.

These shifts meant the workplace was changing and that there was “no longer a job for life, but a life of jobs”. 

The HR profession has a major role to play in shaping the future of the workplace, but it needs to work closely with other functions and disciplines, including FM.

"It’s about how we think about the workplace in all its connotations; different people with their different needs. And it's also about how you ingrain your company's set of values into the workplace."

A company has to stress its values in order to really start affecting change within its culture. And it's also important to tailor the workspace to the company – not everyone wants a headquarters like Google. 


  • A major evolution is occurring and all professions involved should seize positive opportunities to change the workplace;
  • There are no longer jobs for life but a life of jobs; and
  • Workplaces should reflect company culture. 

Register your interest in next year's ThinkFM conference here.