Future watch: Human meetings are becoming more important

Working in the office is not a dying trend, according to Ulf Boman at Kairos Future. On the contrary—in the idea-based economy of tomorrow, we’ll need more human meetings in order to create and produce.

The digital revolution has allowed many of us to work wherever we choose: at home, in cafés, on holiday or at the top of a mountain. This has led to the idea that we’ll no longer be needing offices to do our work in the future—but nothing could be further from the truth according to Ulf Boman, partner and Future Strategist at Kairos Future. 

“The workplaces of the future will be designed so that people actively choose to go to the office to work,” Ulf Boman explains.

His vision of tomorrow’s workplace includes attractive activity-based offices with no personal desks and a range of different spaces: creative spaces, quite spaces and phone rooms. We’ll be working alongside robots, and when we need to meet with our colleague in Gothenburg, he or she will join us as a hologram. Management and leaders act as coaches, trust their employees and allow them to lead their own work.

In collaboration with digitalization consultant Palorial, Kairos Future recently released the report ‘Tomorrow’s workplace’. The report is based on focus groups and a survey including some thousand Swedish office workers. It concludes that great offices act as hubs where people choose to come together and spend time, as they provide a range of environments and excellent digital tools and systems that facilitate their work.