As technology advances, attitudes and ways of working shift over time, our perception of the modern office changes accordingly, too. But what does the future hold for the typical office environment and what can we expect to find? Read on for an insight.
In the future, office environments will be more focused on creating open spaces for their workers. An open environment is thought to be better for allowing people to commune, share ideas, let communication flow easier and foster feedback.
There will be less emphasis on people having their own desk areas that they sit at solidly for eight hours. Instead, workers will move to different hubs or zones within the office to complete specific tasks.
Managers will also need to show a more visible presence on the work floor, with the days of bosses being segregated into their own office areas diminishing over time.
Technology and equipment
With strides in technology, the office of the future will be less reliant on some of the bulky, cumbersome pieces of machinery that has served them in the past. Equipment to help workers do their jobs will become smaller and more efficient.
Modular Smartphones could replace computers and tablets, and there will be greater emphasis on using mobile equipment on the go. Virtual keyboards that fit onto any surface will make working anywhere much easier. Cloud services will mean more workers can edit or comment on information at the same time.
Workers will be able to keep their technology skills updated with the increase in e-learning services.
Pressure to reduce our carbon footprint and conserve energy will see offices striving to achieve a paperless environment, as well as using apps and devices to monitor or control energy usage.
Flexibility in the workplace will become the norm and accepted way of working for the office of the future. On the one hand, this means workers will increasingly be able to dictate the hours and environment where they work to fit in with their lifestyle. Changes in technology will make this much easier to happen. Workers will also have much more say in what they get involved with and how they manage projects, rather than being reliant on guidance from hierarchical superiors.
On the other hand, flexibility in the workplace will mean a less rigid and structured environment. Workplaces will become more fluid, to meet the ever changing demands of the business. Pop up work environments will become more commonplace, with workspace design focusing more on adaptability.
Health and safety
The office of the future will be more health and safety focused, with specific emphasis on the individual. As more and more employers recognise the necessity for good ergonomic office furniture to boost productivity, there will be a shift towards providing an environment that nourishes the worker. Health-conscious designs of office furniture will promote physical activity in the workplace, reducing the reliance on a sedentary environment. Treadmill workstations and using exercise balls to sit on instead of the office chair will become the norm.
Written by Crispin who enjoys keeping up with the latest technology and this post is a prediction. Written for Automatic Access.