When we stop to reflect, it’s easy to realise the actual work we do has changed dramatically over the past 10, 5 and for some industries, even 2 years.
Recently, the World Economic Forum not only confirmed that the most in-demand occupations today didn’t exist 5 years ago, but also predict that over 50% of children in primary school will hold jobs that don't currently exist.
So, what does this mean for the humble office?
Just as we are seeing the transformation of libraries and civil centres, the purpose of the office must also change.
As technology continues to infuse further into our daily lives, workplaces that encourage creativity and strategic thinking understand the importance of a designing considered and social-led spaces.
Already we have seen a shift in the design approach, including:
- Bright, colourful and playful spaces
that take their cues from kindergartens – to embrace and nourish creativity
- Soft, subtle and luxurious finishes
that allow you to relax and enjoy the space as is you were at home
- And amenities galore,
making you feel you have a personal concierge at the fanciest hotel – thereby allowing you to focus on work, rather than lifeadmin.
Soon, the humble office desk will no longer be the primary fixture, with the workplaces of future offering less and less desk space. In its place, there will be alternate zones to compensate – a variety of meeting rooms, phone booths, breakout lounges, and of course the cliched ping pong table is surely here to stay.
Yet the need for employees to come together in the same physical location, enabling the kind of productive, relationship-building exchange that only analogue facetime can create, has never been greater.