Best of Multimedia: A Glimpse into the Workplace of the Future
Traditional offices are evolving in ways that affect where, when, and how we get our best ideas.
As a kid, one of my favorite cartoons was the Jetsons. I loved dreaming about the cool things that I would undoubtedly be doing as an adult—flying a car, living in a skypad apartment, and bossing around my robotic maid.
In one episode titled “The Vacation,” patriarch George Jetson grumbles about his work-life balance: Poor George toils away at Spacely's Space Sprockets pushing a button for an entire hour, two days a week. While I doubt that’s what our future holds, it’s interesting nonetheless to imagine how office environments will continue to change.
This infographic from Top Management Degrees offers a preview into the future workplace—including changes in telecommuting (3.9 million people in the United States are predicted to be teleworking by 2016), communication practices (employees are gathering for “stand-up” meetings), and technology (such as shared electronic whiteboards and “bring your own device” policies). The only thing missing—for now—is the robotic assistant.