Workplace of the future: How we work tomorrow
The development of human labour has always been accompanied by the invention of new tools and techniques. From the axe to the mechanical loom, the steam engine to the computer, to the cloud, artificial intelligence and augmented reality. Right now, we are in the midst of another big change: the fourth industrial revolution. The second phase of digitalisation is in full swing. How will jobs and the office change? HelloFreshGO shows you what awaits you in the next few years and what the workplace of the future might look like.
Advanced technologies and ways of thinking for modern jobs
The invention of the computer and the possibilities offered by the internet have meant that many processes that used to be labour intensive and tedious to do manually can now be done digitally. Email does not have to be carried to the post office, and research is conveniently undertaken in virtual archives, supported by search engines and functions. Information can be accessed from anywhere using the internet, and friends and colleagues around the globe can be reached at any time. Today, mobile devices and digital tools are used in almost every area, with new programmes and apps appearing on the market daily.
Tools and materials used at work are not all that’s changing: Ways of thinking and approaches are also being adapted. The virtual world easily overcomes physical distance and promotes global thinking and action. As a result, working hours and work spaces become flexible: Freelance and work-from-home models are now widely used. Digital automation greatly reduces the administrative workload and enables decisions to be made in a fraction of the time it would take a human, employees can, and must, be involved in other ways: through flat hierarchies and more freedom for individual potential.
A technological revolution and new workplaces
With most work, organisation and communication now using digital channels, the situation for office workers changes. In many places, you are no longer tied to a fixed desk as, provided you have an internet connection, you can work just as well in the cafeteria, lounge, your home office, at the park, a café or in a co-working space. This flexible workplace design has many advantages:
- Work and family life are more compatible
- Improved work-life balance
- Higher focus at work (less distraction from colleagues, phone calls etc.)
- More freedom and personal responsibility and therefore more connection with the job
- Increased Flexibility and mobility
- Shorter distances to work or none at all
- More flexibility and choice where to live
Some companies may soon get rid of expensive office space completely, although the typical office will probably not disappear entirely. Moreover, many companies are looking for viable strategies for a more efficient, but also a more employee-friendly design.
Room for creativity and a healthy working environment
Many companies have now realised that they can maximise productivity by enabling their employees to develop in the best possible way. This means more opportunities to take responsibility, flatter hierarchies and a positive working environment that enables creativity and teamwork.
We will see more designated areas for work, meetings and presentations. Office 4.0 will have relaxation corners, communal spaces and retreat areas. Beyond this, more and more emphasis is placed on health and nutrition. It is no secret that fitness and a balanced, nutritious diet are important for concentration and performance. Maybe your office will also soon feature a HelloFreshGO fridge with delicious and healthy dishes, snacks and drinks.