A Futuristic View of Our Work Life

Posted by Alison Heller-Ono on August 12, 2020

Untitled designWhat will our lives be like when the virus is gone? Nothing like before, because that is not how it works. You've heard the expression, "Gone, but not forgotten!"  Our old way of living and working will be different for sure. We have no choice but to change. 

I was recently inspired to think about the future of work from an article I read by the BBC Visual and Data Journalism Team called, "This is what coronavirus will do to our offices and homes." Let's design the future of work together!

Fast Forward: 2025

Five years from now what will our home and work lives be like? Here are some ideas to consider. 

  1. Work at home three or four days a week, with one or two days per week onsite.
  2. Staggered start times at the office to minimise the number of people arriving to work simultaneously.
  3. Onsite time is primarily for essential collaborative meetings with teams.
  4. Thermal body scans as we pass through the contactless, electronic doorway using facial recognition instead of ID badges.
  5. A robotic receptionist to ask questions, and notify our arrival to those we are meeting..
  6. Voice-activated elevator with a limited capacity of two per ride with plenty of space.
  7. Wider hallways for social distance management.
  8. Hand sanitizers at every entrance and exit.
  9. Desks with antimicrobial surfaces.
  10. Copper handles on kitchen cabinets to reduce microbes on touch.
  11. Prevalent UV light and advanced air systems responsive to staff with wearable sensors monitoring room occupancy.
  12. Clear plastic (removable) dividers surround each workspace with live plants as partitions. 
  13. Ergonomic chairs and furniture with anti-bacterial fabrics
  14. Motion sensitive sit to stand desks and chairs synched electronically with phones and watches set to our individual stature for appropriate seated  and standing comfort.
  15. Eye-sensing automated monitor height adjustment to perfectly align with seated and standing eye height.
  16. Intuitive pointing devices based on eye, voice and hand gestures.
  17. Reduced corporate real-estate with limited office size and occupancy.
  18. New city and suburban home design focuses on intentional home office; student learning, relaxation and recreation space specificity.
  19.  Add your prediction below in the comments.

Our Future Depends on Us

Our future depends on us! It is critical we use science and listen to qualified health professionals today to help us get to a brighter and productive tomorrow. Taking the precautions recommended and reducing the spread of the virus means our world may not be so touchless as predicted in the future. Humans need human interaction and touch! From my perspective, the vision of tomorrow seems more high-tech than high-touch.  

To read the full article that inspired this one, visit here. 



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