Long gone are the days when one donned a suit and tie to head to the office, after which he or she would inevitably go out for drinks with coworkers and then return home well into the late evening. Today’s workplace is incredibly dynamic, changing with both advances in technology as well as societal norms. This begs the question of what will the workplace of the future look like?
The traditional workplace may already be disappearing. Industry experts point to the increases in telecommuting as possibly signaling an end to the traditional office, with more and more people working from home. Some believe that may even prompt employers to move away from hiring traditional employees in favor of a freelance workforce. This idea seems to be supported by the growing number of millennial’s increasingly changing career paths.
Those companies that do decide to retain permanent workforces may attempt to monitor their employees more closely, expanding their wellness efforts to include worker’s activities inside and outside the office. In-office exercise and activity programs may become much more common, and employers could begin to monitor the collective health and safety of their workforces. This could help to reduce sick days and reduce claims with a workplace accident lawyer.
Employees that are living longer would likely be working later in their lives, as well. Retirement could become a thing of the past or significantly delayed as people not only feel more fit to work, but also because the cost of living continues to rise, sometimes faster than salaries increase. One has to wonder if these changes to tomorrow’s workplace will lead to improved worker morale or just aging workers struggling to survive an evolving economy.
An increase in freelance workers as opposed to full-time employees could mean that there are fewer people in an office or on a manufacturing floor that truly understand an industry’s safety standards. One might also assume that a workforce comprised of more people of an advanced age might be at a greater risk of experiencing accidents at or related to work. Only time will tell. Let’s hope that tomorrow’s workplace will be better for all.