It’s no secret – the way we work is changing. Younger generations are entering the workforce and new technologies influence our processes and decisions at work.
With email, the internet and cloud computing changing the office of the past, what will be the major changes in the office of the future?
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Let’s find out.
The office of the future will not be an actual office
If you haven’t heard the news – remote work is here to stay. According to research, 43% of all employees in the USA work remotely in some shape or form. One part of the reason for this increase is that it makes sense for the employers: they pay less for office rent, utilities, and the internet – and employees are more productive.
The bigger reason why working remotely is spreading is that employees love it. In fact, 99% of all surveyed remote employees state they want to work remotely by the end of their careers. Therefore, the office of the future will most likely be your workroom, living room, coffee shop, co-working space or your preferred work location.
The office will be more sustainable than ever
Don’t worry, not everyone will go the remote route and run to their homes. Those still working from an office will enjoy a multitude of benefits that technology brings with it. One of them is eco-friendliness and increased sustainability.
Some of the perks in the office of the future include solar panels galore, energy efficient LED lighting, smartphone operated climate and lighting control, carbon dioxide measurement and rainwater harvesting systems. The best of all is that many of these elements are already in use today. One thing is for certain – the office of the future will be much greener and friendlier towards Mother Nature.
The way we communicate will change
The workplace of the future will mostly be filled by Generation Y or Millennials. They (myself included) do a lot of things differently, including communication. As reports state, today’s methods of communicating at work have many faults: there are no standards, personal and business communication is mixed up, there are communication barriers and many more problems.
In the office of the future, we’ll communicate using team communication apps such as Chanty, which will solve the majority of these issues. Having apps besides (and not instead of) communicating in person will make way for standardized communication, separate the channels for personal and work chatter, remove most communication barriers and enable teams to stay on track using integrations with project management apps. Plus, it will make it easier to stay in touch with your growing remote team.
Besides text, the communication apps of the future will need to have a range of other features to support the needs of the Millennial generation. This includes audio and video calls, screen sharing options, tons of integrations, support for GIFs and much more.
Collaboration will become real-time
Working in the cloud is no longer a novelty. I can enjoy working on the same Google Doc or sheet with someone on a different continent and in another time zone. Storage solutions such as Dropbox and Drive are becoming so common that hardly anyone stores their files locally anymore.
The office of the future will go even beyond, allowing employees to collaborate in complex programs such as those for 3D design, modeling, and architecture. Not only will they be able to do this using their laptops, but also using virtual and augmented reality. Imagine collaborating on a 3D design of a building using glasses – it’s no longer science fiction.
As you can see, the changes in the future workplace will not be as drastic as science fiction movies may predict. As more employees shift to a remote lifestyle, communication will depend heavily on team communication apps. Those who stay in the office environment will enjoy a greener and more sustainable work environment.
Mile Živković is a content writer and work-life balance expert at Chanty – a simple and AI-powered Slack alternative. When Mile isn’t busy writing epic posts on productivity, work-life balance and time management for Chanty blog, he’s probably driving somewhere. His hobbies include cars (huge fan of Alfa Romeo), photography and collecting pocket knives. You can catch him on LinkedIn.
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