Amazing Workplace Innovations for the Future

By Dennis McCafferty
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    Employees will carry badges with sensors, so companies can track their every move.

Once upon a time, visionary tech folks described computers that you would be able to hold in the palm of your hand! Less visionary people often scoffed at this prediction: "Why, our mainframes are as big as refrigerators! How will you squeeze all that into a device that's smaller than a stick of butter?!" We all know how that story turned out. So keep an open mind about The Kiplinger Letter's "Office Technology of the Future," an eclectic mix of developing innovations that will likely transform the workplace. Some convey a cautionary sense of a Big Brother style of monitoring on the part of organizations, but others are packed with an "Isn't this cool?" factor. All are within the realm of reality. (Keep in mind that the BYOD movement was a scoff-worthy concept not very long ago.) And it's quite possible that you and colleagues will be assigned to work on projects that pave the way for these breakthroughs. So it's best to keep tabs on what's brewing in the labs. In addition to Kiplinger, future office-tech examples were researched by MIT Technology Review.

This article was originally published on 2013-10-25
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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