2015 & Beyond - Workplace Trends
According to Peter Martin, workplace strategy director for Asia at CBRE, on discussing what future workplace trends to look out for; "most of the changes we'll see in the next few years have already started to happen, but they will accelerate [...] the future is already here."
This was quoted in an article on Entrepreneur, but Martin's company combined forces with Genesis to predict what future workplaces will incorporate from information gathered via in-depth interviews from a number of professionally employed millennials. Here are the top three trends that were thrown up from the research:
AI will become a common workplace commodity.
The idea of an automated robot replacing human employees in places such as warehouses or on assembly lines is not a new concept - but this will evolve to robots taking on more 'knowledge-based' work; capable computers will begin gathering more data and will be able to make informed decisions based on what they have collected. This could lead to around 50% of current knowledge-workers losing out on jobs to robots, leading to a "difficult period of adjustment", says Martin.
Office cubicles will become obsolete.
With connectivity no longer an issue for a number of workers from all over the world (employees are now able to connect to work networks whilst on-the-go, at home or even at a random coffee shop miles from anywhere, it seems), the concept of an office desk has become less relevant to the working day. This will soon be the case for office cubicles, too; companies will start to focus on creating a more open-plan environment for employees, to encourage increased communication and a collaborative atmosphere.
A 'Chief of Work' position will open up.
With so many new departments now very common in enterprises of varying sizes (HR, IT etc.), the new role of a 'Chief of Work' will open up to coordinate all these divisions.