TOP 10 TECH TRENDS OF THE FUTURE WORKPLACE

Technology waits for no one, regardless of how big and successful your business is. Sooner or later, you’ll have to adapt to the changing trends in the technology sphere, or else you may get left in the dust by your competition. Luckily, these advancing tech trends are highly beneficial for your company’s bottom line and overall productivity, so there’s little reason to resist.

The question is, which tech trends will make a big impact within the next 5-10 years? The truth is that many are already here, but are either in their first stages of infancy, or have yet to be refined to the point of easy adoption. Nevertheless, these are the tech trends you’ll need to keep a close eye on, particularly if you’re thinking of redesigning your office space to tackle the emerging challenges of the future.

 

AI ADOPTION
Artificial Intelligence is making major headlines these days, especially given the way it continues to evolve in dramatic, and sometimes concerning, paradigm shifts. While much of the doomsday rhetoric surrounding AI is largely overblown, the simple fact is that it will continue to integrate itself into the offices of the future as a handy tool to accelerate work, and provide staff with greater levels of optimization.

In fact, it is already being used in various industries, and its adoption is expected to continue to balloon over the next decade alone. AI is currently being deployed to assist with the processing and interpretation of vast amounts of data sets, which in turn is being used to help assist with customer service duties and data-driven management decisions. When it comes to office design, the workplaces of the future will need to build around it in order to optimize work space, staff performance, and quarterly goals.

 

REMOTE WORK
The COVID-19 pandemic brought the concept of remote and hybrid-style work habits to the forefront of the business world, and now that the threat has passed, it shows no signs of going away. However, many companies are now demanding that employees return to the office, which has created a schism amongst employees. 

Expect remote and hybrid work styles to undergo an evolution, driven largely by compromise as employers and staff negotiate for an acceptable middle ground. However, the trend will continue, which means companies will need to work within intelligently-designed offices that take into account the technology required, not to mention space. The companies of the future will continue to expand on a trend of hiring and maintaining staff in other states, and even countries, which means remote accessibility will need to be prioritized. 

 

AUGMENTED AND VIRTUAL REALITY
When one thinks of VR or AR technologies, one tends to think of the video game world where teenagers strap a large bulky helmet around their heads and waste countless hours in an online shooter title. The truth is that AR and VR represent new opportunities that many companies simply haven’t understood yet.The technology is becoming increasingly affordable and accessible, and both have the potential to revolutionize the way we work.

For example, AR and VR can be used for things like training, product design, and virtual meetings. It’s the last point that really does offer unique possibilities for the future, however. The offices of tomorrow could allow entire teams to work within one virtualized space, just as they would in the real world, to facilitate tasks and work in tandem with one another. Naturally, office designs will need to make room for this tech, whether it’s a specialized meeting room, or workstations capable of supporting AR and VR tech.

 

INTERNET-OF-THINGS EXPANSION
IoT devices are becoming increasingly prevalent, whether it’s the company office, or the interiors of our own homes. This particular brand of technology can be used to control lighting, temperature, and security systems via remote fashion, not to mention monitor and optimize energy usage and efficiency. The most popular form this tech takes is the “smart” moniker, some of which is paired with AI assistants like Apple’s Siri, and Amazon’s Alexa platform. 

Given the widespread adoption of AI, it’s quite possible that IoT takes on a more evolved form in the future, such as solutions custom-tailored to each individual business, and their respective workplaces. This would streamline the efficiency of IoT as a whole, giving the workplaces of the future a huge advantage when it comes to dealing with both mundane, and important daily tasks. 

 

BIOMETRICS
The use of biometric technology offers numerous benefits for businesses, particularly those who need to run heavy security to guard against things like IP theft, or sensitive materials. At the moment, this technology takes the form of things like facial recognition and fingerprint scanning, which is often used for security and authentication purposes.

While biometrics is somewhat controversial, given its possible ties to authoritarian regimes, its use within the confines of a workplace really are vital when it comes to maintaining smooth operations and overall security. Biometrics can be used to organize teams, keep tabs on traffic, and make sure that staff are properly vetted and cleared for access to sensitive materials. 

 

DIGITAL WELLNESS
We live in a highly technological age, and it’s nearly impossible to work without our faces buried in a screen for prolonged hours every day. In the future, expect a greater need for technologies that promote digital wellness features such as blue light filtering options, apps that track screen time, and software that reminds staff to take regularly scheduled breaks.

Mental well-being and happiness is being prioritized by companies across the globe, and for good reason. It cuts down on sick days, it helps employees focus on their tasks, it boosts productivity, and it helps with staff retention. Implementing digital wellness initiatives, particularly alongside real-world ones, will help tomorrow’s offices run smoother by promoting happiness among staff members.

 

PERSONALIZED WORKSPACES
Moving back to AI and machine learning for a moment, it’s important to take note of how workspaces can be tailored to the needs and preferences of individual employees, especially as we move into the future. For example, the adoption of office furniture such as smart chairs and height-adjustable desks can accommodate employee preferences, while AI-powered personal assistants can help employees manage their schedules and tasks.

 

ROBOTICS
It’s no secret that robotics are quickly picking up steam as a must-have workplace solution for the future, since they can be used for tasks such as cleaning, maintenance, and in some cases, security. Robots can also be used to perform tasks that are too dangerous or difficult for humans, such as inspecting buildings, or repairing equipment. While they may not replace humans in all tasks, they can act as an accompanying tool for staff to do their jobs better, while staying safe at the same time. 

 

CONCLUSION
Some of these tech trends sound like something straight out of a science fiction film, while others have been around for so long that we think little of them. However, all of these trends are set to evolve in a rather short space of time, and businesses like yours will need to be prepared. 

At Sensyst, we understand the need to be future-proofed when we design offices and workspaces for our clients, and that means keeping a close eye on emerging trends in real time. Doing so allows us to optimize the work environment, not just for today, but well into the future. We invite you to contact us, so that we can help you design your ultimate workspace where technology is not only accessible, but embraced with open arms. Your staff will thank you for it, which will translate directly to greater growth and revenue!