What Will The 2040 Workplace Look Like?
It may seem like a stretch to look 25 years into the future of work, but a new report by Johnson Controls has attempted to do just that, according to the Huffington Post.
Entitled 'Smart Workplace 2040: The Rise of the Workspace Consumer', the 84-page report makes a number of predictions for how the average person might work in the year 2040, describing the role that technology will play in their working day.
Johnson Controls explains that its predictions are based on a few assumptions, such as: People will conduct their work across multiple locations; cities will be playgrounds of leisure, fitness and entertainment; commuting will be largely unnecessary; radical (ie. flexible) working patterns will be the norm; and technology will be essential.
The report highlighted some model locations for where work will be completed in 2040, including:
pHive (personal hive)
Self-driving cars will be fully connected and equipped to let you get on with work and communicate with colleagues while on the go. These 'offices on wheels' will transport you to the Eco Workplace, with no effort required.
Rather than going to work in a traditional office, most of us will work in a co-working space - or Eco Workplace - the report predicts. With different spaces and amenities to suit a variety of working styles, these campus-style environments will feature robotic helpers, virtual assistants and 4D telepresence technology.
Providing a break from the constantly-connected working world, Faraday cafeterias will give workers a place to rest and recharge - without access to the internet (something that will be seen as a luxury in the future). Workers will be able to 'disconnect' before heading back to their Eco Workplace.
At the end of their day, workers can be transported back to their Hive (home) via ground- or air-based public transport. With the option to upgrade to high-end drone systems, these subscription-based services can take travellers home in luxury, where they can watch a movie or simply rest.
Crucially, the report notes that no two days will be the same for the 2040 employee, with people in greater control of where they work. With a choice of workspaces and locations, employees of the future will combine working from their Hives with working in smarter workspaces.