It’s happening now
Can you imagine a workplace of the future and what it would look like? Some companies are not even visualising it as something on the horizon, for them, they’re creating it right now. These next-generation workplaces are in the here and now thanks to communication technology.
Working in the cloud
We already know we have a workforce that comes in many variables: full-time office workers, part-time and casual staff, at-home crew or freelancers who work in-house or at home. We can now unify all these people with the right technology, allowing for complete mobility and reducing, or even eliminating, the need for office space.
Who needs an office?
As this trend continues, by incorporating the cloud and virtual network, many businesses will see they can do just as well without having a single fixed location.
If there is still an office space, it won’t be used in the same way. Desk-sharing will become the norm thanks to technology such as Unified Communication (UC) and desktop virtualisation.
Communication technology of the future will mean desks become virtual. The concept of isolating an operating system from a physical device is not a new idea and research shows this is already happening in the workplace with about 10 per cent of medium-sized organisations already embracing desktop virtualisation.
This means making our reliance on business personal computers less so, with more reliance on smartphones, tablets, personal laptops and multiple screens. The cloud makes sharing and accessing documents fast, easy and accessible 24/7.
Sharing the space
Next-generation workplaces will see traditional offices replaced with different styles of building focusing more on collaborative spaces, shared by various organisations – and it is already happening in many capital cities.
Flexible & collaborative
Companies are converting unused parts of their headquarters into a flexible workspace for local businesses which removes the need for long-term leases and offers more flexible facilities including individual offices and collaborative spaces. This decentralisation of the workplace will mean less commuting time for many workers, saving time, energy and money. While providing better collaboration, communication and accessibility for employees, therefore making their work environment more productive.
To find out more about the benefits of communication technology and creating next-generation workplaces for your team, speak with one of our ICT consultants.