The future of the office: The time is now!
The pandemic has changed the way we use and interact in the office in radical a way. Pets, eating arrangements, smart ceilings, co-working spaces, sustainability. In this article futurist Liselotte Lyngsø looks into how the office will look like in 2030. As she says:
“As a futurist, I’ve been talking about the reshaping of the office for ages, wondering when it’s going to happen. It’s great that employees are finally actually talking about the workplace of their dreams.”-Liselotte Lyngsø.
Future offices will make us stronger – mentally, physically, and socially
The offices that we are returning too will have sustainability as a top priority. And sustainability has many faces. We will need to be serious about dealing with our CO2 emissions: spend less time traveling overall but still increase mobility and provide flexibility when we finally do hit the road.
With eco-buildings, it will be much easier to focus on a healthy environment in the offices. Smart ceilings will detect where we walk and personalize indoor climate. The same goes for cleaning, where intelligent robots will track where people have been and only disinfect or sanitize those areas. Cool, right?
We will also be moving away from measuring company success purely in financial terms. We will move towards defining the performance of the business by how well people are thriving.
We will have to continually learn new things and therefor think about the future office like a fitness center. When we go to our place of work, it needs to make us stronger mentally, physically, and socially. Strong and healthy employees feed back into the brand and cultural connection with the business.
From daycare to pet-care
Another thing that will change in the offices is our eating arrangements. We are going to want our breaks to be much more special than before the pandemic. Companies will have to create more open spaces where we will eat together, relax, socialize, or conduct a working lunch. No more quick lunches with sad cafeteria food. Our office should inspire us to do better and be creative – while we work as well as when we’re taking a break.
Lastly, of course we will be bringing all the pets that we acquired during the pandemic, to our office. They’re providing us with so much happiness and businesses are not going to compromise on this.
Read the whole article with futurist Liselotte Lyngsø and learn how we will go from being time slaves to time owners. How will hybrid work influence our future work life?
In the article, you can also read how Brother UK’s Phil Jones imagines the office of 2040 to look like. Or find out what FSloffice’s Beth Freeman discovers, when she investigates the opportunities that changes may present for dealers.