As technology continues to make its way into society and everyday life we can start predicting the technological enhancements that we are likely to see in our offices over the next few decades. Today’s office environment is crowded with new gadgets and gizmos that give employees and bosses the opportunity to boost the efficiency of their working habits, yet there seems to be an ever-growing potential associated with technology, so what can we expect in the next few years?
Thanks to the introduction of email and online connectivity the need to look business-like every working day has begun to slowly decrease somewhat. Employees are given a more smart-casual dress code to follow if their work comprises of answering phones, sending emails and working in front of a screen all day. It has been predicted that work clothing in the future will look to benefit comfort whilst also demonstrating smart characteristics at the same time. New fabrics that tighten for extra warmth and expand depending on your stress levels have been touted, with company heating and electricity bills in mind.
We could have computers that read you and your movements, so sending a file to one particular hard drive in the office could be as simple as waving a finger. The computer may even answer your questions through speech recognition, so calling your boss or sending messages to other work colleagues no longer requires a keyboard. What’s more, the constant sitting posture may no longer be necessary, promoting exercise at work whatever the job.
The cleaners have forgotten your particular office space on this occasion but with A.I present throughout the building, you could be greeted to a surprise cup of coffee on Monday morning. More importantly, artificial intelligence could actually take control of your work for you, leaving you to work on business meetings and advertisement schemes whilst your office work is being completed back home. This is likely to save you loads of time in the long haul and promote increased efficiency. Other A.I software currently in development will filter phone calls and separate the most important ones from those that are better off going to voicemail allowing you to focus your time on the work that is potentially the money earning work.
The office computer is dying out and it’s all down to the hand-held technology being distributed all over the world. Companies will be able to send messages to employees through portable devices that can be carried around. This promotes working on the move and helps businesses save money by reducing the amount of hardware purchased for individual employees. There is the idea of improved communications with more contact between field based employees and HQ which in turn leads to greater efficiency and management of the work load. Think Google goggles for everyone! The only issue with some of these areas is security, which would have to be monitored through a cloud system of some sort that connects all devices through software.