When an office tool starts to lose its appeal, it’s not long before it’s shunned to the back of your desk drawer with last year’s hottest smartphone. With this in mind, LinkedIn surveyed more than 7,000 members to find out what workplace tools are starting to gather dust. The findings also reveal what technology and practices professionals predict will become commonplace in the next five years.
Infographic: LinkedIn's office trends over the next five years
Takeaway: What office trends will be gone and which will be commonplace in the next five years?
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Sunlight? Check. Ping-pong? Check.
Personally, the one I want the most is the nap room, especially for about 30 minutes after lunch. I would work SO much better throughout the rest of the day -- and probably stay later, too.
Standard work hours won't go away as long as manufacturing works in shifts and service industries exist and held desks need to be staffed. But the flexibility to work split shifts, odd hours, or work from home is definitely on the rise and I see that continuing.
Desk phones are going away because many enterprise phone systems can now work right on your computer. Why buy an expensive phone system AND headsets when all you really need is a headset and the soft phone -- which will work from anywhere the computer can get on the company network? At home? Check. In a hotel? A client site? Starbucks? Check, check and check if you've got VPN or similar technology.
Fax machine? It's part of the multifunction unit that also prints, copies and scans. Rolodex? Only in my father's office -- but then, he's 80.
Tape recorder? I have an app for that...
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