Over half of tech workers expect future offices to include interactive projectors
Tech workers expect their offices to be transformed in the future with 4D printing, retina scans, robots and VR meetings replacing many familiar experiences in offices today, according to research from Dice.
When asked to name the top three things that will change in tech offices in the future, tech pros said whiteboards would be replaced by interactive projectors (51%), security fobs would be replaced by finger print recognition (34%) and conference calls will be replaced by virtual reality (VR) meetings (30%).
Over a third (37%) believe the offices of the future will be paperless and a fifth (21%) say that teleconferences will be replaced by holograms.
For the vast majority (96%) of tech professionals, the office environment is important to their happiness and wellbeing, with more than a quarter (29%) saying the right office environment is ‘essential’ for them. Unfortunately, the research found that nearly half say their current office environment does not promote creativity (48%) and over half (52%) say that buildings in the UK are not fit for purpose for tech businesses.
In the future, greater flexibility will be key say tech workers. Nearly half (45%) want flexible start and finish times, a third (34%) want to be able to work from home and more than one in ten (12%) want to be able to work from shared working spaces and other locations.
According to the research, future-gazing tech pros also believe shared working spaces (49%), free food and drink at in-house restaurants (45%), facial recognition software (39%) and space to take breaks from technology, such as tech free relaxation zones (37%) will be the norm for tech company offices. Whilst a quarter don’t think there will be physical offices at all, as businesses go virtual.
Jamie Bowler, marketing director of Dice in Europe, commented, “Whilst high profile tech companies are leading the way in terms of creating innovative and inspiring office spaces, it’s clear from our research that many tech workers are still not satisfied with their office environment, which can lead to disengagement at work.
“We spend a large proportion of our waking hours at work, making it crucial for employers to create a flexible environment, which not only inspires creativity, but promotes happiness and wellbeing too. By doing so employees, will instantly feel more engaged, which will in turn reflect on business productivity.”