Imagine an office where employees come first, flexibility is a priority and productivity runs at a constant peak due to the high satisfaction of workers.
The need to imagine this possibility is decreasing day-by-day as technology leads us towards the realisation of an integrated, unconstrained workplace that will free employees across Europe to enrich their lifestyles while working more productively.
Businesses that pioneer technology and in particular its integration, will open up numerous benefits.
The tech work-life revolution
Technology means it is already possible for staff to work from home, internet cafés, co-working hubs or on the move.
However in the office of the future, remote work experiences will no longer be underpinned by workable technology, but by a seamless, linked and intuitive technology experience that creates a wealth of new worklife balance opportunities.
Interoperable technology will create a virtual ecosystem underpinned by secure cloud access, connected IT systems, intelligent office devices such as multifunction printing devices and apps1.
Worker productivity innovation
Perhaps the most universal of all of life’s bugbears is administration. Liberating workers, such tasks will become a thing of the past as we work towards the office of the future.
By 2025, it is predicted that virtual assistants will manage our calendars, book meeting rooms and complete expense forms1. BOTs could also complete repetitive tasks such as invoicing, customer order processing and payroll.
Removing another layer of resourcing admin, intelligent office devices will self-manage. Multi-function printing devices, for example, are expected to be able to order replacement ink and parts.
Freed from laborious tasks, creativity will take hold and people will further liberate work. Our working experience will become more enjoyable as we are able to make more rewarding choices that positively impact client and customer relations.
A new era of wellbeing
Benefitting both employees and employers, research consistently demonstrates that flexible working is better for mental health and productivity.
Furthermore, offices and communal working hubs will increasingly be designed around our physical and cognitive needs. Standing desks, natural colours and plants will combine with higher-tech stimuli such as lifelike 3D holograms or circadian lighting, which follows natural waking rhythms to boost energy and positivity, and sensory deprivation tanks for neuro stimulation to revolutionise wellbeing.
A major focus of EU labour law is placed on improving working conditions, which could, over time, lead to minimum standards being applied to lighting, chair comfort and screen hours. This will combine with office connectivity ratings and accreditation initiatives, that make it easier for businesses and freelancers to select the best premises.
Finally, predictive technology will improve B2B and B2C client and customer management processes with better digital experiences and cloud organisation. Employees will therefore be less pressed and stressed as complaints increasingly become a thing of the past.
1 Quocirca Print 2025 Report (www.print2025.com)