With automation, monkey butlers and robots, will we even have to go into work in the year 2118? Read this blog post for our best guess and what your office will be like in 100 years.
The growth of the millennial workforce could see flexible working became even more popular. Studies show millennials care more about work-life balance than previous generations, with many saying it the top priority in a job over career advancement. With a call for more flexible working hours already, people are spending less physical time at their office. This may even mean some businesses change the hours their offices are open to ensure staff can work when it suits them.
Robots and virtual assistants
Our favourite virtual assistants like Siri and Alexa might also be making their way into the workplace soon. Amazon recently launched Alexa for business, which automates administrative tasks such as booking meeting rooms, coordinating video conferences and ordering office supplies.
Could the office cubicle and the open plan space soon be things of the past? A place where you choose to spend more time without the pressures and formality of a traditional office. We think we will see less offices with one-size-fits-all rows of desks with a focus on cost reduction and hard metrics.
Think about it as a workplace that offers “all of the above” – including standing table open spaces for quick meetings, couch rooms for more relaxed catch ups and isolated offices for deeper work. That could also be access to everything from gyms or social space, bedrooms, childcare facilities, laundries, hairdressers, banks and post offices. Which may mean there will be less personalisation of your specific spot or desk. The idea is to cater to the different tasks office workers need to do throughout the day which a mere stationary desk arrangement simply can’t do. Indeed, a virtual workplace is certainly becoming more of a reality in the ever-changing office, with AR and VR starting to play a role in 2018.
People will choose office space based on facilities and lifestyle but also on their green credentials. Future generations will probably be much more demanding and much more questioning in terms of what a potential employer will be doing to tackle climate change. With a focus on natural light, natural materials, vegetation and other experiences of the natural world the future office looks to be much greener.
With all these thoughts about the office of the future, one this is still for certain. They will need to be cleaned.