Workspaces in full transformation

Digital Workspaces are changing the way employees work, along with the concept of management and hierarchy, forcing companies to reinvent their office set-ups. To promote employee collaboration, increase efficiency, reduce environmental impacts and reduce costs. But also to design spaces that are more centred on people’s needs.

Spaces that reflect a new organisation

By making tools and data accessible to employees wherever they are, Digital Workspaces promote mobility and teleworking – or more broadly ‘beyond the (cubical) walls’ working, in third places and co-working spaces for example. The result is an emptier office. Depending on the industry or region, the occupancy rate may be as low as 50%!

But, even when not up to capacity, allocated offices – whether open plan or individual – represent an environmental and financial cost. Companies are therefore rethinking how to allocate spaces that are better adapted to new ways of working.

Meeting individual needs with individual spaces

The most radical transformation is represented by the flex-office and its flexible workspaces, where employees are seated according to their projects, and teams are organised to work together transversally in agile mode.
Alongside these collaborative workspaces, new environments are appearing: “bubbles” or small offices for employees who need to close the door to make a confidential phone call, meeting rooms equipped for videoconferencing … without forgetting more open spaces for taking breaks and informal meetings. Employees will choose which one is most suitable depending on their needs, mood and agenda; supporting today’s paperless office by having everything with them on their portable devices as they move from one place to the next.

Organisations focused on well-being

Digital Workspaces have reinvented the traditional office by placing people, and their expectations at the heart of the entire organisation. To promote well-being at work, companies have even created disruptive spaces, dedicated to sport, relaxation, concierge services and more. Sometimes, to integrate customers into the process, meeting spaces are designed in the style of a showroom, as is the case in the new Orange premises in Dubai. Each company has its own strategy to for optimising its workspace.

Orange opens the doors to its new Dubai and Amman offices

Orange has long been established as a network services provider in the United Arab Emirates. Since the beginning of the year, all of our employees across the region have moved to Dubai and into new, more modern, larger and better-equipped offices. They’re also located near the accelerator, which hosts a dozen start-ups supported by Orange Business Services. Collaborating with them, many of which are already involved in developing customer projects, is therefore much simpler.

What’s more, a new showroom has been installed in each of them.

In Dubai, the Orange brand is associated in the minds of professionals and companies as a French mobile operator. Creating a showroom is essential for presenting our operational solutions that include smart metering, facial recognition, AI, smart city platform, transport solutions, smart healthcare and IoT connected devices, … it has made our highly innovative offering more concrete, especially in Smart Cities, an area in which we’ve won many contracts. Not to mention that there are a multitude of labs and showrooms in the Emirates, so it was important to set the bar very high.
Mohamed Retmi, head of Orange Applications for Business in Dubai

These new offices are transforming our ways of working as well as the Group’s image in Dubai.

Orange just inaugurated new headquarters in Amman in Jordan. New offices that put people and their expectations at the heart of the entire organisation to promote a more collaborative way of working.