If you have long time experience of working in an office environment then you’re likely to have noticed the huge change in the workspace over the past decade, and when you think of future office life, you’re likely to imagine something reminiscent of Star Trek – minus Captain Kirk, of course.
A recent survey conducted by TNT Direct explored this concept further, asking business owners how they saw their offices evolving in the coming years and the responses certainly explored the notion of artificial intelligence and virtual reality further.
A Work Place That Works for You
Of those asked, 49% believed that the workplace is likely to become a much more multi-functional place to work, as well as being fully adaptable to our needs and amongst other traits, a hugely improved in terms of accessibility.
Predictions made by best-selling author, speaker and futurist, Jacob Morgan, certainly support those views, who says he believes that ‘an office environment might be a static room that can be manipulated the same way they do in Star Trek with the holodeck’. Thanks to the huge changes we’re seeing every single day in technological advancements, it may not be long before this becomes a common sight in our day to day working lives.
AI And VR
Long gone are the days of your typical cubical scattered, beige-walled offices – it is predicted that the workplace we know is likely to be a much more accessible space, meaning we may not even have to leave the house in order to make it to our desks. Virtual workplaces will make a difference in terms of space, saving money and convenience, allowing employees to work remotely.
If predictions do materialise, your typical office will become much more adaptable to compliment the ever-changing needs of the company. The ability to change your work place from an office to a board room, and again to a shop front depending on your requirements that day, is likely to be made possible with the help of holograms, artificial intelligence and virtual reality.
It’s not just the building and its contents that are likely to be adaptable, with 10% of those asked predicting that clothing will be too.
Minimal Staff, Stronger Team
Due to the need for space saving and the virtualisation of offices, expert Professor Peter Cochrane OBE believes that employees will become managed by AI for the most part, which will become an essential component in office life. With this in mind, it is likely that we could see a reduction in the numbers of human employees, and 45% believe that future offices are likely to have a just a handful of employees, though their skillset will be finely tuned and better suited to the type of employment they are in.