Hi-tech of­fices to set the pace

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SAY farewell to the dy­ing desk plant, the pho­tos of your loved ones and knick-knacks clut­ter­ing your desk.

Of­fice work­ers soon may have no place to call their own.

In­stead, they will wan­der the of­fice floor talk­ing on mo­biles, re­ply to emails us­ing tablets while sit­ting on couches, book a com­puter sta­tion for a two-hour block to draw up a re­port and at­tend meet­ings in which they can scroll through the pre­sen­ta­tion on a tablet at their own pace.

Global of­fice fur­ni­ture de­sign firm Steel­case pre­dicts this as the fu­ture of the work­place, with of­fice furni- ture emerg­ing as a key ad­van­tage em­ploy­ers will use to en­sure their busi­ness is suc­cess­ful in a global mar­ket­place.

Steel­case says to be suc­cess­ful across state and na­tional bor­ders, em­ploy­ers need to re­move the phys­i­cal bar­ri­ers be­tween their staff, such as work sta­tions.

Steel­case Asia-Pa­cific pres­i­dent Uli Gwin­ner says the na­ture of busi­ness to­day means an in­ter­con­nected work­place al­lows com­pa­nies to com­pete in­ter­na­tion­ally.

‘‘ In the past, we thought that go­ing into the of­fice meant sit­ting down on an of­fice chair,’’ he says.

‘‘ In the fu­ture, we will have the choice whether to sit, stand or walk around.

‘‘ If we can choose which type of tech­nol­ogy we want to use, whether we want to in­ter­act peo­ple to peo­ple or peo­ple to tech­nol­ogy, it can help us keep contact with peo­ple who are out­side your room or your coun­try.

‘‘ These are the key choices com­pa­nies should of­fer.’’

Gwin­ner be­lieves new work ar­range­ments can help staff think out­side the square and grow the com­pany’s bot­tom line as well as in­spire peo­ple in their work and en­cour­age them to stay with their com­pany.

Su­per smart: Of­fices of the fu­ture will have com­mu­nal ar­eas with di­verse tech­nol­ogy.

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