The Office is Dead, Long Live the Office!
I have knicked that title from a seminar I attended on 14th August. Herman Miller, a company whose primary function is the manufacture of office furniture was selling a vision of a future without the need for offices. A seminar that seemed to take perverse glee at the concept of the speaker’s own redundancy is actually an interesting way to spend lunchtime.
Except no, offices would still exist just as a member of the wider genre of legitimised meeting spaces. It’s easy to get carried away with the idea that offices are a thing of the past. There seems to be the assumption that doing away with offices means to reduce everyone to islands. It’s simply the case that office spaces are in the embryonic stages and no one can really see how they are going to progress beyond the decade.
In the 1980s you had a rolodex and a dictionary as part of the primary office equipment. The standard issue today is a monitor and a printer, so technological developments will be the main thrust of change within the working environment.