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May 11th 2015


Colliers International

Marhinde Verkerk – Olympic judoka heading for Rio / interior designer at Colliers International Corporate Solutions

High Performance Working


In top-level sport, it’s all about performance and getting the best out of yourself. Which lessons from the world of top-level sport can be used to further improve employees’ personal productivity and overall team output? How do you create a high-performance working culture based on the three Ps (Promoters, People and Performance)? Olympian Marhinde Verkerk transfers the lessons on personal motivation, a focus on results and teamwork from the world of top-level sport to everyday working life.

Both angles provide an insight into recent developments in ‘The New Way of Working’ as people explore methods to achieve ‘High-Performance Working’. This is a working environment where the organization encourages and supports individual responsibility, and where workplace productivity is truly transparent. A workshop on lessons learned and the future of the Quantified Workplace: how can you work and design the working environment to achieve higher productivity?

Harold Coenders – Director of Colliers International Corporate Solutions / business anthropologist

Disruptive change van de Quantified Workplace


Increasing productivity is the main engine for post-crisis growth. Increasing personal productivity with the right balance between yield and workload is the key to sustainable growth and good employment practices. ‘Wearables’, ‘self-tracking’ and ‘real-time monitoring’ of individual employees are technical phenomena that are revolutionizing our understanding of employees’ wellbeing and the influence of individual productivity on organizational goals. It is time for the ‘Quantified Workplace’.

The Quantified Workplace is all about increasing the productivity of employees and the workplace by getting real-time insight into the circumstances and times when workers are performing at their best and making optimal use of the working environment.

The Quantified Workplace will redefine the concept of good employment practices, place radical new demands on the personalization of the working environment, and make occupational health and safety services in their present form superfluous. In other words: it will cause a structural shift in the labour relationship between employer and employee. The introduction of the new phenomenon of the Quantified Workplace will entail a disruptive professional, social and ethical impact for both the individual and the organization.

The Quantified Workplace: the good, the bad and the ugly:

the good:

At last, insight into stress factors before it is too late for the employee to maintain good health. A proactive stance toward the biggest risk factors that may result in illness and absenteeism rather than reintegration after the fact.

the bad:

How will we strike a balance between employee empowerment, and employer snooping (‘big brother’ conduct)?

and the ugly:

How will HRM, IT and offices have to change to make appropriate use of the full potential of the Quantified Workplace? Gaining insight into striking the right balance between the technical means of individual self empowerment versus privacy concerns and the power of Big Data. A lecture for CEOs, business innovators and HR directors.