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#13 Dhron Choudhary – When new technologies meet workspaces

Modern workplaces have changed a lot, and the significant hand goes to the technological revolutions. Freedom of movement has been a great motivator for employees to do the work. People are fed up with closed cubicle offices with no motivation to work, no visual substances. This place should be made in such a way which can inspire, collaborate like minded people to get together their thoughts and to achieve it we should embrace open-plan office space. Innovative offices are open spaces that are not enclosed by any glass partition or wall. People are free to communicate their ideas, which can assist in the productivity of their colleagues. So, when all of the people are working towards achieving a common goal, they will have an easier time staying productive, and it will enrich a positive work culture in the office. 

Technology has become an inextricable part of the business. Good logistical management tools and many other tools help the employees to design their workspace. According to Clutch’s findings, 61% of the employees value aesthetically pleasing and comfortable working spaces. 25% of the workers who love workspace flexibility do not have access to a flexible work environment. 

I want to cite my example. I have claustrophobia which is a fear of closed spaces. When I was assigned my cubicle in my first job. I did not perform well, and my productivity has gone down. So I requested my manager to shift my office space to near the area with a beautiful outside view and where I felt very comfortable and really can concentrate on my work. They told me that nobody has come with this type of request in the past as everyone fears being open with their problems. They keep contemplating.  After that month, my productivity has skyrocketed, and I have received appreciation from my managers for my efforts. 

We should not forget about the digital transformation, which has played a vital role after the pandemic had struck. Key technology breakthroughs include video calling, cloud collaboration that has already disrupted the traditional working environment, etc. Sometimes you need quiet space to work and hence introducing “Concentration Pods” were no phones or talking allowed. Sometimes you need space where informal meetings could be arranged with brain-stimulating toys and technology. These all are the tip of the iceberg: innovators are working on AR and holographic experiences. 

We can expect AI security guards and app control meeting rooms. Intelligent sensors in the meeting rooms can control heating and lighting and thus not only saves cost. But also, technology is adapting according to an individual’s needs. Facial recognition services, together with in-built voice devices, are there to support good working conditions. I have heard that Facebook is building a hyper-realistic virtual reality office environment, where employees will be disguised as avatars using VR headsets. 

Remote working does not mean working from home. Many people get their energies from people working around them. So, therefore, co-working spaces are booming around the globe. Co-working spaces refer to people who are physically working together on different projects. Virtual brainstorming is also gaining popularity. It eliminates the physical presence of the people in the meeting, and it becomes easier to build new ideas. There is no limit on how many members can connect to the forum. 

People working in the job will see that their workspace will be significantly modified in the next few years. Some examples include wireless mobile charging. Workspace of the future will concentrate more on business collaboration. There would be fewer cubicles and a more fluid workspace. It means that people can easily set out a business plan with a group of people and find lucrative solutions. Offices more often going to use devices that have voice controls like Alexa and Siri in the future. 

To conclude, there is no doubt that technology will change the workplace. It can be a café, an office, or even in a taxi. Artificial technology (AI) will play a significant role in changing the designs of offices and the way their employees communicate with their co-workers. Technology will save a lot of money for their companies through virtual meetings that save time and money. Employees will spend more time with their families; hence they will be motivated to put extra effort into their work.