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This is what your future office will look like

This is what your future office will look like

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.

The future office

The future office

What will the perfect working space and future office look like? We all know how it feels to have tons of work to do, but no focus or energy to get it done. In a situation like that, a nice and quiet office can be a great way to get into a productive working mood. An office symbolizes something that we can step out of, once we’ve finished our work. It allows us to work when we have to work, and relax when we’re off. Through time, the idea of what an office looks like has changed a lot. Today, most people don’t even have one. Some people consider every comfortable chair or space as a proper office. Just look at all the people who gets their work done at Starbucks and other hip cafés. Many people work from home, which allows them to stay in bed all day!

In the article “Office Space Timeline: Past, Present and Future” we take a look back at some of the previous decades’ office trends. Futurist Liselotte Lyngsø’s gives her thoughts on what the future office is going to look like. Together with another futurist, Yesim Kunter, Liselotte points out future office-trends involving culture-, design- and attire.

Offices through the decades 

A timeline from the past to the future illustrates office culture-, design- and attire. Is also states the amount of women in the workforce!

The office of the future 

What will an office be like in 2030 & what will it look like in the 2100s century?

2030s: Influence of technology 

The cultural aspect of the 2030-office evolves around how we’re going to manage people working from home, being digital nomads, while still needing a space to meet up in real life. The design focusses on technology, sustainability and wellness. Offices will be designed based on the need of every single individual and not “one size fit all”.

How will working hours be distributed and how will women be considered?

“It is more likely that a woman is raised valuing empathy. While it’s difficult to feel empathetic towards a workforce of 200, it’s much easier for a workforce of 20. The progressive decentralisation of work will provide women with more opportunities to become leaders.”

-Liselotte Lyngsø

2100s: From high-tech to high-touch 

The fact that we’re already becoming digital nomads today and that the level of actual human interaction is becoming smaller and smaller will result in a gigantic need of intimacy later on.

Read the article and discover how this will have an influence on different aspects of the 2100-office.

Read the article on this link to the BBC radio program.

Want to read more about what the future office will look like? Listen to “The future of X #1: the workplace”. A podcast with Liselotte Lyngso.