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What Do You Think the Future of the Workplace Will Look Like?

We kicked off the week last Monday with an article on improving IT worker morale. This week we’d like to get your thoughts on what changes we’ll see in the workplace of the future, both good and bad. For example, earlier this month Gartner released a list of ten changes the workplace will see in the next 10 years. What do you think about Gartner’s list, and what changes do you expect to see?

Above: A vision of the office of the future from 1964, via Tales of the Futures Past section on work. Below, an vision of the office of the future from 2009, via Microsoft Office Labs. Will the latter look as retro in the future as the former?

Here are Gartner’s ten trends:

  1. De-routinization of Work
  2. Work Swarms
  3. Weak Links
  4. Working With the Collective
  5. Work Sketch-Ups
  6. Spontaneous Work
  7. Simulation and Experimentation
  8. Pattern Sensitivity
  9. Hyperconnected
  10. My Place

Phil Wainewright has a pretty good take on Gartner’s list, distilling it down to three meta-trends:

  • Hyperconnectedness
  • Swarming
  • Spontaneity

Do you see any other trends in the work place? What technologies do you see driving these trends? What long-term impacts do you think the ongoing global recession will have?

Either comment here, or e-mail your thoughts to [email protected]. We’ll highlight the best responses in a post later in the week.

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