As we continue to work harder and find more productive ways to achieve our goals, how are our workspaces going to evolve in relation to this?
We all know that technological developments are changing the way we work as well as the tools at our disposal. There will no doubt also be physical changes that will take place to accommodate or counteract all the technological developments in our working environments.
To get an idea of just some of the ways our workplaces are set to change, here are just five approaches to the future of work:
1. Incorporating Nature
While we may be heading towards a world of densely populated cities and interconnected digital devices, that’s not to say that nature will not play an important role in the future of work. Something as simple as an office plant is used daily to invigorate a dull space, but nature is also being incorporated into the workplace on a greater through the implementation of biophilic design. This approach to interior and exterior design incorporates natural elements into all aspects of a workplace, from surfaces to building material, all of which has a profound effect on our sense of wellbeing.
2. Interactive Technology
A recent video from software behemoth Microsoft delves into what the future of technology might look like. From holograms to interactive screens, the process of working and sharing information is shown to be as simple as swiping a finger. While touchscreens may be a relatively new introduction in the greater scheme of things, the fact that we’ve become so accustomed to them in relatively short space of time hints at the possibilities for the future. From virtual reality to augmented reality, the way we interact, learn and engage is going to be influenced by the evolution of interactive tools.
3. Team Connectivity
The implications of a rapidly evolving marketplace means that people have been working remotely and with assistance from international teams for many years. While we still might struggle to communicate across oceans due to unforeseen connectivity problems and time change constraints, the consistent development and improvement of interactive communication tools is likely to address many of these issues. With the addition of the kinds of tools discussed above, people will be able to communicate ever more easily, whether they’re sitting across from you at a desk or on the other side of the world.
4. Intelligent Support
While Siri might be helping many people make hands-free calls around the world, the potential of intelligent devices and software applications is vast. In the workplace of the future, many tasks will be performed by applications similar to Siri, including compiling research or being reminded of upcoming meetings. While movies such as Her may seem futuristic right now, this kind of interaction with an intelligent device that can learn and evolve is both exciting and unnerving, with a variety of implications for employment specifications and managing task lists.
5. Sharing of Resources
Companies such as Uber and Airbnb are dominating their respective industry sectors, but without having bought any assets. This might seem like an insane concept but the truth is that sharing resources and allocating responsibilities to stakeholders in dramatically different ways are radically changing the way we think of new business ideas. Collaboration is key in any work environment and looking at the way in which businesses are run, and how people are involved, is going to be an important part of the future workplace. In this way, as we become more empowered, we will be able to work more independently than ever before.