Nicola Morris

Top tips to take on tomorrow

Guest blog by Nicola Morris, Managing Director, 24

It’s easy to sound like a lunatic when you’re talking about the future. There are examples of it throughout history — Harry Warner, of Warner Bros., saying that no one would ever want to hear actors talk, Decca Records favouring Brian Poole and the Tremeloes over The Beatles, or the chairman of IBM in 1943 saying that there was only a market for five computers, globally.

We can look back on these predictions now and, with the gift of hindsight, see them in all their amusing glory. Most people, for the sake of their reputation, steer clear of trying to anticipate what’s around the corner. However, for Eurest’s latest webcast with BT, I and a few other choice panellists nailed our colours to the mast and shared our best guesses about what lies around the corner for workplaces. [Read more...]

customer relationships

Bring your own underpants

The Future of Customer Relationships: Super Agents Apply Here

Nicola herself a regular contributor on this blog, picked up a great award this month from the London and South East Contact Centre Forum, for an outstanding contribution to industry.

She picked up the award in front of leading proponents of the contact centre industry at their annual awards ceremony in London.

We reckon it’s a well-deserved award given Nicola’s close connection to the contact centre industry. [Read more...]

Andy

An appetite for innovation

By Andrew Barry, Managing Director, Eurest

The way we work is undergoing change at a phenomenal pace. Developments in technology mean that we can work in the way we want to — where we began by taking our work to the coffee shop, we’re beginning to bring that coffee shop into the office. High performance wi-fi, bring your own device (BYOD) and collaboration tools have all come together to give us a work experience that’s unlike anything we’ve seen before.

With all the change that we’ve experienced up to this point, it’s baffling to think about what might be around the corner. The future of our offices and workspaces is a massive topic, with predictions and expectations ranging from robots that’ll sort our paperwork to slightly more realistic (but still pleasingly futuristic) interactive work surfaces. [Read more...]

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A crystal ball (webcast) on the workplace of the future

Regular readers know that when it comes to predicting the future of our workplaces, the first name that often springs to mind is that of our Customer Experience Futurologist, Dr. Nicola Millard. Well, you’re not alone; other organisations are now turning to her too.

Her ability to combine psychology with technology gives her a unique perspective on how to help organisations deal with what lies ahead. This makes her an ideal participant in Eurest’s ‘workplaces of the future’ webcast. Eurest – part of the global, market-leading Compass Group – creates contemporary foodservice solutions from the tea room to the boardroom and everything in between. [Read more...]

Nicola Millard

The reinvention of the office: does distance still matter?

By Nicola Millard, Customer Experience Futurologist BT

Technology seems to be heralding the death of distance as we become untethered from our desks by a combination of mobile technologies, connectivity and cloud. Packed commuter trains and rush hour traffic jams show us a different picture. Maybe work hasn’t changed as much as the digital revolution initially promised and distance does still seem to matter.

The truth is that co-location may look like an easy solution for fostering collaboration but it doesn’t guarantee it. It is just as easy to feel isolated in an office as it is working from a remote location and the people just five bays down might just as well be on the moon to people in many offices. [Read more...]