When society moved from the Industrial Age to the Information Age there was a distinct shift that occurred in the office environment and industries that supported it. Punch cards were replaced by typewriters and computers, mimeographs by printers and photocopiers, and bookkeeping machines and calculators were transformed into computer applications.
Fast forward 40 or 50 years and that same distinct shift is occurring again as the world transitions into the 4th Industrial Revolution1, where emphasis will centre on experiences, intelligence and efficiency. But what will this look like over time? It’s a question answered through the new ways in which people work, create and innovate today2. What an office will look like in 2030 can largely be categorized into five areas of emphasis – demographics, office design, work/life balance, technology and the gig economy.
Workplaces everywhere are experiencing cultural and physical changes, and what many say is at the heart of these shifting dynamics is the influence of Millennials. Across the globe they’re entering the workforce en masse. Right now more than one-in-three American workers are Millennials and it’s estimated that by 2025, more than 75% of the US workforce will consist of Millennials.
Over the ensuing decade, a younger workforce will permeate through the office and work will be performed from anywhere and on any device. Work styles will become less scheduled and more ad-hoc, and the line between professional life and personal life will only become