Technology rules in every aspect of life, and the workplace is no exception.
To illustrate this point, LinkedIn undertook a study – “ Office Endangered Species” – identifying all the old-school staples that are dying a slow death.
According to professionals globally, the top 10 items and office trends that are becoming rare and could even disappear in the next five years are:
1. Tape recorders (79 percent)
2. Fax machines (71 percent)
3. The Rolodex (58 percent)
4. Stand ard working hours (57 percent)
5. Desk phones (35 percent)
6. Desktop computers (34 percent)
7. Formal business attire like suits, ties, pantyhose, etc. (27 percent)
8. The corner office for managers/executives (21 percent)
9. Cubicles (19 percent)
10. USB thumb drives (17 percent)
And with every changing generation, employee expectations are also changing. The technologies and trends that people say more often represent their work life:
- Tablets (55 percent)
- Cloud storage (54 percent)
- Flexible working hours and smartphones (which tied at 52 percent)
Plus a few “dream” things people would like to see more part of the office experience:
- A clone or assistant to help during the work day (25 percent)
- A place in the office that provides natural sunlight (25 percent)
- A quiet place in your office where you’re allowed to take a nap (22 percent)
- And a mute button for their co-workers, so they don’t have to hear them talk.