Shhhhh … In the future office, talking’s out, Slack is in

The office is increasingly moving toward new forms of technology as its main form of communication and collaboration.

Will an hyper-increase in tech-based inter-office communication make us more productive and connected – or more disconnected and isolated?

So-called old-fashioned forms of workplace communication like face-to-face contact and phone calls – even email – will decline as conversations shift to a myriad of digital platforms, according to the new Human Capital Trends report from Deloitte, the world’s largest consulting firm.

The communications channels predicted to see an increase in the next 3-5 years are:

  • 70% increase in online collaboration platforms
  • 67% increase in work-based social media
  • 62% increase in instant messaging (like Slack)

Meanwhile, the types of communication predicted to see the biggest decline are:

  • 44% decrease in face-to-face meetings
  • 30% decrease in phone and voicemail
  • 20% decrease in email

Whether online hyperconnectivity and its various platforms and programs will actually increase productivity, however, will remain to be seen.

Sheila McClear|is a reporter for Ladders and can be reached at smcclear@theladders.com.