Day Two: CoreNet Global Singapore Summit

The hot coffee and tea flowed as day two of the CoreNet Global 2016 Asia Pacific Summit kicked off with some networking in preparation for the final day of discussions and learning. 

Jason Taper of Steelcase opened his morning session discussion on the release of a new global report on engagement and the workforce. The report is a new study, Jason Taperconducted in 17 countries around the world with 12,480 participants. It is the first of its kind to explore the complex relationship between the workplace and employee engagement. According to the report, 1 in 3 workers are disengaged. Jason discussed how innovative space can help engagement amongst workers within an organization. Taper acknowledged that “We live in a world where uncertainty is everywhere”, and discussed how to have a resilient workforce. (Jason Taper is pictured right)  Request a copy of the report here >>>

IMG_4746This is a particularly exciting APAC Summit with so many cutting edge topics to cover. The panel discussion, entitled Taming the Capital Monster, examined the challenges of capital planning and what constitutes a good capital plan. The panel discussed how to prioritize and how to measure success. One panelist discussed the importance of accuracy for planned capital spends vs. actual spends, and the importance of accountability. Some of the challenges facing organizations are reactionary behavior, lack of transparency, and limited visibility to associated corporate strategy. The panel agreed that corporate real estate professionals who effectively communicate throughout the different departments of an organization can be the key to setting expectations.

ParekhBig data and technology are hot topics for organizations and have initiated widespread change within business function. As an extension of this change in business processes, Nayan Parekh, RA of Gensler (pictured right) talked to attendees about how technology is also changing the office due to our hyper-connected world. Access to continuous information can be a distraction. This lack of focus is one of the major problems affecting employees. Technology is a way of empowering people and communication, but it also places the worker in a state of being ‘on-demand’. With all of these technological advancements, Ms. Parekh asked “how do we keep the office relevant?” The conversation has shifted from workplace design to workplace experience. In essence, this is setting up the office as a service and not just a convenience. It is a unique way to look at things.

The Closing General Session was delivered in two parts, with Futurist Chris Riddell presenting The Digital Universe: Borderless Business & Big Data. Riddell says digital is unquestionably the new normal. Technology has replaced many functions once performed by humans, putting each one of us in the position of being a thought leader. This all translates to a new set of challenges and questions. Riddell and follow-up speaker Dylan Soh, who read from his book The Big Red Dot, assure us that everything is going to be okay. Fear and uncertainty can be just as powerful as drivers as they can be deterrents.

With so many great sessions and opportunities for engagement, the end of the Summit always leads to the question of “What did I miss in the other sessions?” Don’t forget that the Knowledge Center is a great backup plan for after Summit session information. We will be keeping attendees and members informed about the availability of Summit material and presentations over the coming weeks. Watch for updates through email and social media. If you haven’t connected with us online, please do so through the links below.



We are grateful for the more than 500 attendees is 21 countries who joined us in Singapore. We hope to see you next year. Better yet, join us in Amsterdam or Philadelphia.