The future of the workplace

Mattias Hallstrom explains how technology is changing what is required of employees to create value for their employers' services.

by Mattias Hallstrom

What will the workplace look like in 10, 20, 50 years? How will we work? Will we even have offices at all?  The workplace is going through a period of dramatic change and the way we work is evolving in very exciting ways. But before I delve into these questions, let’s have a little history lesson… 

Offices, as we know them today, were initially created as support for manufacturing sites. They were typically built on riverbanks so they could draw power from the river. Once electric power was invented, businesses had more choice about where they could put offices. Offices moved to cities and suburbs and were places you went to do your job, whatever that might be. Places to work, to have meetings, to create and store your documents. 

In the past few years several technologies and trends have emerged that significantly reduce our dependence on physical offices. The consumerisation of IT means we often have better technology at home than our employer provides in the office. Cloud computing makes our infrastructure, our data and our documents readily accessible wherever we want to perch our laptops. Mobile phones and tablets are more robust than ever, so we can use the same applications on any device we choose.

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