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green-beanarticle Office sauna: Must-have or hot air?

A small, start-up tech firm can quite easily make their office attractive to the young worker, but what about bigger, more traditional companies?


Many staff can carry the contents of their desk around with them, usually digitally on a laptop, says Philip Ross, founder and chief executive of, which promotes new ways of working.

Young tech-savvy staff, particularly, can work anywhere so why bother getting on a packed bus or sit in a traffic jam to get to a chicken-coop office?

“As a place for people, both employees and clients, it has to work hard to pull people in – there needs to be a compelling reason to come to work,” UnWork says in a report about a recent project for a business in New York.

The office priorities for staff were “air quality, daylight, good acoustics, great coffee and food”. The motivation for the business was a 30% cut in property costs per person, by using the space more efficiently.

Read the full article featuring commentary from Philip Ross on the BBC here


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UnWork’s latest project: The Boston Consulting Group (BCG)

UnWork helps BCG create an office of the future in Hudson Yards, New York.

Hudson Yards

Please click the link below to the read the full case study.

The Boston Consulting Group Case Study


For more information please contact

green-beanWorkspace, Reworked

Technology is transforming work and real estate. Are you ready?

Unwork and JLL are delighted to announce the publication of Workspace, Reworked, a new research report on the future of technology and real estate. The report highlights how technology is redefining how and where we work, and outlines the major technological shifts that will disrupt workplace and real estate between now and 2030.


Workplace, Reworked


Find out more about the Workspace, Reworked report here.

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Publication of a new report on the future of the Technology, Media and Telecoms workplace

Unwork & Cushman and Wakefield are proud to announce the publication of their joint report, The Future of The TMT Workplace, looking at how players in the technology, media and telecoms sector can future-proof their workplaces for the age of digital disruption.

The launch event for the report took place on 21 January 2016 at the Ham Yard Hotel in West London.

Video highlights of the report are available here:


Find out more about the Future of the TMT Workplace here. 

To find out more about how the future of the TMT workplace will impact your business, please contact Owen King. 


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Launch of The Changing World of Work

Microsoft Envision and PopTech have recently concluded a major research programme on the Future of Work. The research involved 30 interviews with selection of thought leaders, including Unwork’s CEO Philip Ross.

Videos highlighting the findings of the research can be viewed here: 

World of Work




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Publication of a new report on the future of the financial workplace

Unwork and DTZ are proud to announce the publication of their joint report on innovation in the banking sector. The Future of the Financial Workplace studies the future of work, workplace, property and workstyles in the financial services industry.

The launch event for the report took place on 30 September 2014 at the Gherkin. Video highlights of the event are available here:



Find out more about The Future of Financial Workplace report here. 

To find out more about how the future of the financial workplace will impact your business, please contact Luke Connoley. 


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Food at Work logo

Unwork with our partners Zurich Insurance Group and Sodexo are conducting an exciting major research initiative to look at the future of food in the workplace.

Our project will create a new, global perspective that investigates a broad agenda from the link of food to wellbeing, performance and health through to the interior design, provision and economics of food and drink in the modern workplace. It will build a body of knowledge from analysis, global case studies and data gathering to create a new vision for the future of food at work.

Our final report will be published in 2014. Click here for more information and to get involved with this exciting study.

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Case Study: The Boston Consulting Group

The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) is one of UnWork’s latest projects, in which UnWork helps BCG create an office of the future in Hudson Yards, New York. Please click the link below to the read the full case study. The Boston Consulting Group Case Study   For more information please contact Read more

A New World of Work

I was fortunate to end my 2014 speaking at three WORKTECH Conferences – in London, Buenos Aries and Santiago, Chile. One of the things I said at each of my keynotes was that the make-up of the WORKTECH Conferences programs has changed significantly since its inception in 2003. WORKTECH has always been about the future […] Read more

Bits and Bytes in the Doughnut City

Our cities have historically been shaped by natural resources and human endeavour. In London, for example, rivers and tributaries of the Thames shaped the urban plan. The river Fleet’s valley became Farringdon Road and gave its name to Fleet Street. Marylebone Lane follows the twists and turns of the river Tyburn. Wells and springs shaped […] Read more

green-beanwhat is unwork?

The Future of Work

We specialise in creating the business case for new ways of working, challenging the established patterns of work and enabling businesses to understand the opportunity from agile working and alternative ways to organise work.

We focus on all aspects of the future of work – where people, place and technology meet. We are particularly interested in activity based working (ABW), change management and understanding the technology enablers required.

We believe there are six key forces shaping the future of work, which we use to create a vision of the future of work for our clients:

(1) Demographics and intergenerational working
(2) Psychology and behaviour – company culture and workstyles
(3) Space – property and workplaces
(4) Technology
(5) Sustainability
(6) Travel and the city

We provide unrivalled knowledge of global innovation in work and the workplace.

We specialise in…

New Ways of Working, Activity Based Working, Disruptive Technology, Change Management, Agile working, Innovation


UNWIRED RESEARCH for Steljes D4 18 Apr 2010

Space to Work, New Office Design

by Philip Ross & Jeremy Myerson

The first comprehensive analysis of emerging office design practice to support and enhance the performance of knowledge workers. Featuring a wide range of international workplace architecture and interior schemes that are leading the way in this important area, set within a unique conceptual matrix that provides a framework for thinking about new strategies for reinventing office space.

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We are excited to let you know that we finalized our “Future of Work” research program, jointly produced by PopTech and Microsoft Envisioning. After a thrilling and very educational 18 month journey, conducting 30 interviews in 9 cities, we’re ready to have the broader community join the conversation.

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