An increasing number of employees may be unshackling from their outmoded desks as the concept of a ‘workday’ becomes murkier and murkier. The shift doesn’t mean that the office will cease to exist, but it will transcend its former role.
Your future workspace will be a mix of professional activities and all kinds of amenities, like sports clubs, restaurants, shops, health centres, gardens, meditation rooms and apartments. Picture a place where boundaries between work and downtime no longer exist and your leisure interests shape the environment even more than the tasks you perform. ‘Employers will have to adapt and recognise that the idea that “at their desk = being productive” will no longer apply in the workspace of the future,’ says MoreySmith design director Nicola Osborn, as quoted in ‘The Future of the Workplace’, a report by consultancy firm The Future Laboratory, commissioned by MoreySmith. ‘The network is global and communication needs to be open and ﬂuid across many platforms. The design environment will be rich and diverse, filled with optionality.’