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Work environments: what will they be like tomorrow?


What will the workplaces of tomorrow? How will corporate offices, hospitals, universities become? Because in the workplace - whether we like it or not - we spend a good part of our life, it is fair to ask ourselves. So, just to know what touches us and arrive prepared.

A study sponsored by Ricoh (that of printers and office devices) and carried out by the Economist Intelligence Unit reveals that the automation of processes and flexibility are the factors that most influence the evolution of workplaces, and even more so in the future. But how?

From the answers of the 500 business decision makers who participated in the survey, the trends that apparently are having and will have the greatest impact in the future of workplaces. Three in particular: total ergonomics, automation, changes in working methods. Let's see them better.

  • Total ergonomics: As companies are increasingly digital, every place (from employee homes to public spaces) is potential work environment.
  • Automation: the growing automation of processes and activities may make some jobs no longer necessary, while jobs based on creativity and social intelligence will have more and more space.
  • Changes in the way of working: the leaders must be able to enhance the talents to ensure a future for the company and this also calls into question the workplaces.

A few examples? Let's take banks, public administration, hospitals and universities; which are the situations analyzed in the study promoted by Ricoh. From the answers a picture emerges that already today is of this type:

  • In banks, the growing automation of processes makes it possible to bring out the qualities of people and enhance them.
  • In the public administration, we can see the spread of new ways of working which, thanks for example to digitized processes, allow public employees of different entities to collaborate remotely.
  • In hospitals, the presence of increasingly versatile and highly flexible staff is the consequence of the pressure caused by tight budgets and the increase in the number of patients with complex health conditions.
  • In universities, change is driven by the adoption of more flexible teaching methods to ensure training courses that are closer to the business world.

What does all this tell us? Nothing too new actually, more than anything else it confirms the change that each of us sees every day with our own eyes. Of one thing we can be sure: in the next 10-15 years the workplaces they will be more fluid, connected and collaborative. It is the digital age, whether we like it or not.

To learn more, here is Ricoh's study: The future of the workplace



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