Chat apps. Hotdesks. Smart machines. In most offices, it\u2019s easy to see how technology is redefining and transforming the modern workplace.\nBut technology isn\u2019t the only force driving changes. Culture plays a significant role, too. For example, today\u2019s employees are less and less inclined to disassociate their work lives from their personal lives. Remember when the stereotype for going to work was \u201cpunching in\u201d a timecard and adopting some kind of 9-to-5 work persona (h\/t Dolly Parton)? Employees no longer want to be typecast like that; they don\u2019t necessarily want to surrender their identities at the office door.\nIn addition, today\u2019s employees want mobility and flexibility, and they don\u2019t see work as something that must be defined by a physical space.\nPulling all of that together, I can see that employees want their workspaces to be:\nCustomizable. No, I\u2019m not talking about decorated cubicles. I\u2019m talking about giving workers greater autonomy when it comes to choosing the technology that works best for them. Employees want options so they can work and access information on whichever device and platform they choose\u2014anywhere, at any time. They also want to be able to personalize their work tools, whether they\u2019re working in the office or remotely.\nCollaborative. Today\u2019s basic business unit is the team. But it\u2019s now increasingly likely that team members are going to be geographically separated and\/or in flux, shifting among groups as business priorities and tasks require. That means employees don\u2019t just want to collaborate; they need to collaborate\u2014and they\u2019d like workplace technology that\u2019s as easy-to-use and effective as the technology they use in their personal lives. A modern workplace that includes a visual collaboration platform allows for the blending of remote and office workspaces, nurtures a culture of teamwork and accelerates the pace of innovation.\nCompelling. People want to work in a space that is interesting and inspiring. Again, as the distinction between work and home life blur, employees are looking for more than just a place where they can \u201cpunch in.\u201d Aaron Hurst,\u00a0author of \u201cThe Purpose Economy,\u201d explains it this way: \u201cAs you look at the workplace, all the changes we\u2019re trying to make in the workplace, the things Google\u2019s doing, the things top companies are doing, they\u2019re all because especially the millennial generation is demanding purpose in their work at a level never seen before.\u201d\nEmployers are beginning to recognize that the word \u201cwork\u201d is taking on new and different meanings. In the World Economic Forum\u2019s 2016 report \u201cThe Future of Jobs,\u201d 44 percent of global business and HR executives identified changing work environments and flexible working arrangements as the top demographic and socio-economic driver of change across industries. They also say the impact is being felt already. Businesses that want to maintain their competitive edge have no choice but to evolve, creating workplaces that improve business performance by promoting flexibility and effective team collaboration.