19% of those surveyed share conferencing events with remote locations; 57% anticipate higher use in 2020.
The year 2020 is not that far away, but the average workplace may look decidedly different by then. Some changes will have to happen. The Collaboration 2020 research project conducted by Johnson Controls Global WorkPlace Solutions (GWS) reveals a gap between the volume of teamwork today’s workplace can support and the amount office workers anticipate doing in 2020. Office workers also expect to spend more time working in spaces that incorporate collaborative technologies. This shift to virtual teams using a range of technologies will be coupled with a decrease in the amount of time that office workers expect to spend at their desks, on the phone, or in traditional meeting rooms. Many of you are already experiencing this, as you work at home or some other place that’s not a traditional office, and use technologies that make that distance insignificant. What follows is a look what a happier life through technology might entail—as well as certain technologies on the downslope of their expected usage.
Tim Moran is a freelance writer for Baseline magazine.
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