Report demonstrates potential demand for digital work hub network

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Jonah Merchant and Nick Shrewing from Auckland’s Biz Dojo.

About 100 people representing the public and private sector, investors, operators and general community attended the launch of the report ‘Digital Work Hubs: An Activation Framework for South-East Queensland’ in Brisbane last week.

“Creating a support team to promote the development of these digital work hubs across South-East Queensland is a key step towards making the region more productive,” RDA Sunshine Coast CEO Russell Mason said.

In its nine-point activation plan, the report also recommended establishing a digital work hub community, building resources and conducting further research to determine the impact on health and wellbeing of digital work hubs and their contribution to broader prosperity gains across the region.

Mr Mason said a cultural shift was needed in the workplace to allow more flexible working arrangements for staff by giving them the opportunity to work closer to home.

“The report’s key findings have demonstrated both the potential demand for digital work hubs across South-East Queensland and established the flow-on health and wellbeing benefits to each region,” he said.

“The crucial next step is to create an activation team including all levels of government, the private sector, developers and people interested in moving this project forward.”

Presenting an overview of the report, Project Coordinator Bronwyn Buksh said digital work hubs had the potential to provide the catalyst for diverse, vibrant work precincts, and revitalise regional areas.

“The report states that workplaces of the future will be designed to connect and facilitate as interconnected hubs, allowing people to work from a variety of locations that suit their needs and wants,” she said.

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David Licence and Ben Pritchard

“The purpose of a digital work hub is also to attract complimentary businesses and services into the area to build local employment, boost productivity, and improve community health and wellbeing.”

Download the report.

Click here to view the presentations.

 

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