Technology in the office has changed dramatically in recent years as new tech is invented and developed. The future of office design looks vastly different from the past, thanks to some incredible technology that is here to stay. Here is a quick look at some ways technology will define and change the design of offices in the future.
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A variety of smart office technologies have changed how access is designated in offices. Futuristic smart tokens and fingerprint technologies have led to the creation of smart doors that are stylish and match a current office style. In the future, it’s possible that facial recognition and iris detection technologies will be the new standard for admittance. Consider security systems that do not require employees to touch a knob and can instead be used with AI to determine moods and reactions. These technologies offer stronger security and ease for employees and visitors alike.
Most companies are looking for ways to enhance collaboration among workers, which in turn leads to greater productivity. From projectors to smart boards, the next step will be smart walls. Companies will use video walls to enhance collaboration between employees, and between employees and companies.
With the use of wireless technologies, these video walls will be able to connect people far away in a life-size display. Unlike conventional projectors and displays, these video walls will be interactive, configurable digital display applications, allowing people to write on them, share content and make changes to tasks in an instant. Some rear wall projection screens could also be used for branding and digital signage. As meetings today are often done with remote employees, a futuristic video wall could include workers who work from home or in other countries, thus allowing employees more flexibility in their work.
There has been a push in recent years to have workstations that are flexible and user friendly. Offices have moved from corner offices and enclosed cubicles to more open plans. Standing desks have become popular, as have ergonomic chairs and more casual workstations that allow for greater collaboration amongst employees. The future will build on these changes to create a combination of flexibility and comfort for employees.
Smart workstations combined with smart technology will allow employees to pick up their devices and meet in different areas to collaborate for projects. Unlike a meeting room, these workstations will be designed to meet certain needs specific to employees. From individual stations to group work stations, this flexibility allows for better interaction amongst employees and an overall more unified team.
Smart technologies are getting a foothold in homes and are controlling everything from lighting to temperature. Offices seem to be lagging behind in the overall smart environment usage, but that is subject to change in the near future. Consider workrooms automatically set the ideal temperature and lighting levels for maximum productivity. Additionally, like smart home devices, these systems will also monitor security, energy consumption, and air circulation. Companies will also tap into these technologies to manage customers without human intervention by directing customers which office to go to and what to do. This will be key to enhancing the quality of service. The overall goal will be offices that are not just smart, but also energy-efficient, thus saving money and time.
The offices of the future will use technology to enhance productivity, collaboration, and energy efficiency for their employees. This technology will in turn hopefully make work easier and more enjoyable for employees.
Holly is a freelance lifestyle writer. Her focus now is to help readers update their interior decor. Holly is currently writing for Land of Rugs.