The future is tomorrow… but then I guess it always is, isn't it. As far as the next big things of work and the workplace, we’re already seeing "the future", or more exact, the changing of the past. In an interesting article by The Futurist on the Britannica.com, they have predictions of the future of work. Going hand in hand with the article, I think that we who use conferencing are already working in the future.
It's not really stated in the article, but I believe that all the major changes—barring the generational changeover—stem from our ability to communicate and collaborate effectively despite distance. For example, the second prediction says we’ll be working for smaller, leaner companies organized to take advantage of outsourcing and consultants. The only way that could make sense financially is if conferencing is at the core.
The "what" and "when" of work in the future is made possible and regulated by conferencing technology. If a company wants to have employees responsible for the big picture of the company in addition to their personal work and sell 24/7 in an on-demand, internet-driven marketplace, conferencing will have to be at the foundation.
Obviously the move towards smaller offices, home offices, and the like, located to take advantage of geographic, convenient, or financial benefits--rather than large, single location workforces for command and control purposes—will only be possible through conferencing—or teleporting.
So if The Futurist is a bang-on prognosticator and these visions of the future of work are going to come true, a company should adopt conferencing now to have a solid foundation to support all the changes to come.
For all of us already heavily leaning on conferencing, the future looks mighty rosy! How do you think things will be in the workplace of the future? Tell us about it in a comment.