It’s not a myth: The office of the future will be much different

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Today, there are more career paths and higher-ups than ever before. People often consider their office days behind them or wish they could get back to doing the work they love.

Amid these changes, there’s growing fear that the traditional office will eventually disappear. With online collaboration and new tools and technology, these sorts of traditional office structures are becoming less of a necessity.

Technological advances give people a choice to easily find a replacement or a job in a different industry.

What people have missed is a really distinct reason for returning to a traditional office. The jobs in which we work are outdated. Many, if not most of the people we know, don’t work the traditional way. They’ve moved on to new experiences — everything from art to writing to design to finance — which require multiple skills and experiences.

Working in a regular office is a thing of the past, and with this “it isn’t working” trend, changing work structures is the only option.

Business owners and organizations need to make changes to build an organization with many different functions that is more adaptable to their changing jobs. A circular office where teams collaborate between different functions and departments would be efficient, and a common desk is not something we needed to plan for or maintain.

Organizations know they need to change, and Millennials can’t be ignored. Millennial workers are the single biggest force for change and development. As people who have grown up with a sense of independence and fresh ideas, Millennials have grown up with careers in the knowledge economy.

Although their parents might not be thrilled with the idea of them working for someone else, they aren’t the creatures of fear that their parents were. In fact, many Millennials think that their personal productivity with technology is as important as work productivity with a keyboard.

Future businesses will need to be multidimensional. With a lot of people, similar to the old 20th century machines, workplaces will need to be huge, and completely flexible to build anything they want. Offices will need to be set up differently, and technologies will need to adapt to work in these new modes.

Yet, many will tell you this is something that comes with loss. One day, some jobs are gone, and the future will continue to evolve.

Millennials have the opportunity to give birth to the new type of work at a time when technology and age at work haven’t come together in one perfect package.

I’ve said it before — millennials might be ready to create a whole new form of work. They have the freedom to do so, and they have the technology that’s made it possible.

Today, the only thing slowing them down is inertia. Business owners and executives need to stop talking about the dangers of a monolithic, circular structure and provide the new work structures needed. They can’t deny future generations how to push them to create something new, be it with resources, office space or organizational structure.

Take home: Some office legends will go away, but new jobs will open up in their place.

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