As you finish attending those holiday parties and packing up your lights, you'll soon be turning your attention to the new year, and what a year it will be. While 2017 flooded us with information on the latest workplace technology, 2018 is going to show us how to use that technology to better everything from the employee experience to handling shifts in the office to forecasting our workplace needs for the future. Here are eight conferences that will push your company ahead of the curve, covering how to implement these strategies at your office. Soon you'll be on your way to making 2018 the best year yet for your workplace and for your workforce.
BOSTON | OCTOBER 12-17
The modern facilities leader won't want to miss CoreNet Global's annual summit, held in Boston. The theme for this year's event? What's Next, Exploiting Uncertainty. Much of what we do as workplace leaders is anticipating the needs of our workforce, however that information isn't always readily available. While making educated guesses might be effective, analyzing data and properly utilizing technology to assist in determining your workforce's needs is a much safer bet. CoreNet Global brings together professionals that want to be one step ahead, and shows them how to get there.
SAN FRANCISCO | JULY 10-12
Arguably just as important as your workplace's technology is your company's overall culture. While this includes many facets of your organization, a workplace should be a direct reflection of that. Culture Summit helps companies of all sizes identify weaknesses in their current culture, and provides strategies that can help strengthen a company's identity through actionable solutions. This is an excellent option if your workplace is looking to strengthen the bond between your organization's brand and the space your workforce uses everyday.
ORLANDO | MARCH 12-15
Your workplace probably spends a chunk of the yearly budget investmenting in technology and the right communication tools for your organization. Enterprise Connect wants to be sure you're investing in the right ones - as they understand communication within your workplace is the only way anything gets accomplished. From deciding on the right mobile tools that will best increase engagement to better understanding how to implement an effective digital workplace, this conference has you covered.
ORLANDO | FEBRURY 26-28
Transforming the employee experience at your workplace is likely on your radar this year, especially considering the recent dramatic shift towards this topic. Your employees make up your organization's core, and their interactions and engagement levels depend on their experience with both your company and your space. EX Impact wants to help you develop a more formalized approach to defining, measuring, and positively impacting the experience your workforce has during their time with your company. This conference is one all workplace leaders should have on their radar - no matter what position you're in.
NEW YORK | JANUARY 29-31
This conference is coming up quick, so if you're interested be sure to register soon to avoid hotels being sold out.
There's an impressive lineup scheduled for Future Offices in New York this year. Executives from big names like Twitter and Netflix will be sharing exactly how their office landscape is being "redeveloped to adapt to a rapidly changing workforce" and the increase in focus on providing innovative technology. They're even providing guests with a tour of their New York offices! If that's not enough to convince you, sessions and keynotes focusing around office development, culture, and architecture should do it.
CHICAGO | MARCH 20-22
The Chicago IFMA chapter is proudly hosting this year's Facility Fusion, an event focused around the intention of "influencing change, and building toward the future". A must do for the forward-thinking facilities leader, Facility Fusion gives attendees the chance to network and develop professional skills that often are looked over during the larger, World Workplace, conference. From sessions covering building information modeling to modern advancements in workplace technology, Facility Fusion is sure to allow plenty of learning plus engagement opportunities for collaborating with other facilities leaders.
CHARLOTTE | OCTOBER 5-7
The largest workplace conference of its kind is one you're going to want to make time for. World Workplace brings together the brightest minds in the facilities management industry, and provides an opportunity for learning and professional development like no other. This year's focus on "A Universe of Possibilities'' couldn't be more fitting, as World Workplace continues to challenge FMs to look ahead to the future needs of their workforce. From over 100 educational workshops, nearly 300 vendors, and almost 1,000 opportunities to connect with peers, this is an event every facilities leader looks forward to.
HOUSTON | APRIL 25-26
We're thrilled to announce we're opening registration to our annual conference this year! In light of the recent Houston Astros' World Series win, we've centered our conference around "developing the digital all-stars of tomorrow". We've created an event with the worker in mind, and want to help our fellow facilities leaders actively engage their workforce, by using the right tools. We'll hear from a few industry leaders about the importance of pursuing the employee experience, and how a few of our customers use technology to do just that. Oh and did we mention our conference will be held at the home of the Astros, in Minute Maid Park this year? We hope to see you there!