When you arrive at the office you grab a latte, check your schedule and head to the nearest meeting room. You booked it last week using the online building management system. The room is smart, so the lights are already down, your colleagues walk in and your tablet automatically connects to the AV for a brief presentation. This is followed by discussion, debate and note taking on the large, wall-mounted, interactive screens.
After the meeting the notes from these screens are automatically sent to your tablet – you’ll get around to reviewing them a little later in the day, or perhaps tomorrow from your home office. Then you can collaborate virtually on changes without the need to go face to face.
Welcome to Workplace 2025. It looks something like today’s office, but it’s also radically different. You don’t have a desk and your computer doesn’t look anything like a laptop of 2017. Besides that, most of the time you’re at your home office anyway, where your tablet automatically connects to a large screen, keyboard and pointing device. In some ways the office is symbolic, a vestige of a bygone era and a place for your employer to hang its shingle.
“The key aspect of the workplace of the future is that you can work from anywhere, whereas once you always had to be in an office,’ the founding director and workplace strategy leader at Futurespace, Stephen Minnett, says.
“People should be coming to work because they want to, not because they have to,” Minnett says. “And companies are going to have to evolve. They will need to make their workspaces more attractive, with a focus on health and wellbeing.”
“Companies are going to have to evolve. They will need to make their workspaces more attractive, with a focus on health and wellbeing.”- Stephen Minnett, founding director and workplace strategy leader, Futurespace.
Creativity will be crucial
In 2025, your office is divided into “me and we” spaces. The “we” spaces are ad-hoc meeting rooms for brainstorming and group creativity. The “me” spaces are smaller, quieter and designed for individual work and thinking.Your trip home takes you past some empty offices. Something significant happened between 2017 and 2025: inevitably, technology has taken over some roles. Clever companies are saving money by moving to smaller, more flexible spaces and renting co-working space from an external provider when projects arise that call for more people. “Many of the jobs that are linear in nature will be replaced by AI and machine learning,” says organisational futurist Pete Holliday. “And because our sense of self is becoming more virtual, so the jobs of the future will be as well.”