The Office of the Future

No matter what technological advancements take place, your workplace will still have the same basic agenda – to make money and meet its bottom line. However, with the advancements in technology, community, management and telecommuting, the traditional workplace is now dramatically different to what it used to be. In fact, our ways of communicating and delivering information have grown and evolved so rapidly that it makes it hard to truly imagine what will change in the future.

Realistically, the things that have changed the European workplace the most in the last century are mobile and social changes as our culture shifts to support an updated work style where people aren’t chained to a cubicle doing the same thing day in, day out. Professionals are stepping out of the office place to meet the world and make money without our chairs, desks, and over-sized desktops.

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So, what will your office look like in the future? Will it change drastically, or will the biggest overall changes be in how we perceive our work environment?

Specialists in forecasting the future suggest that there are three things that we should be looking at to define our cultural shift at work:

Technology

While email is primarily the means for communication these days, this trend could change vastly over the next few years. Expect our antiquated system to get a much needed facelift. Business software will evolve to provide more personalized responses and more seamless experiences across the world. Software will be innovated to provide more usefulness to the workplace, like:

  •        Electronic white boards that share presentations across multiple platforms so that everything is shared in ways that promote group interaction and brainstorming

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  •         Standing room meeting tables and walk-stations to increase blood-flow and improve your health and promote involvement which will help workers multi-task more efficiently
  •         Companies will promote users bringing their own electronic devices to promote familiarity and to cut costs
  •         Outsourcing the workplace to telecommunication and other forms of ‘tele-presence’ that allows employees to interact at work remotely, cutting travel costs and increasing communication over long distances

Work culture

One of the biggest differences in workplace culture that we’ve seen over the last 20-30 years, especially in London, is a change in the way that we view our modern workspace. These days, more and more employees are working from home, and the reduction in the office space has become more and more apparent. Reports suggest that there has been a 79.7 percent increase in telework from 2005-2012, and a huge reduction in the amount of cubicles sold. This not only decreases personal space, it forces existing workplace employees to adjust to new work activities and open floor plans to promote brainstorming and inclusive thinking, hopefully building successful outcomes with more interaction between employees.

Layouts

As the times change, one of the biggest changes will be in the ways that our offices are presented. We mentioned more open floor plans earlier, but the differences are transparent, literally: more glass, fewer walls, and a friendlier environment that promotes interaction, as well as a drastic increase in sustainability and conservation as society becomes more environmentally friendly.

Workplaces change over time, they become trendier and provide more customer friendly environments, so expect to see some pretty drastic changes – hopefully for the better. As a society, we’re constantly updating and upgrading outdated habits that aren’t beneficial to our society. In London, things are moving fast and you can already benefit from the great office space Lloyds has to offer.

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