Four-day workweeks and no more cubicles — could this be the future of the workplace? Job placement consulting firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. recently released a list of workplace predictions that reflect the evolution of technology and rising cost of health care and energy. They include:
The end of business travel. Rising air fares and pressure to become environmentally responsible could drive corporations to opt for teleconferencing rather than sending employees on frequent business trips.
Four-day workweeks. Given the rise of gas prices and the availability of portable technology, four-day weeks could become a new standard for corporate America.
Saying goodbye to corporate headquarters. Real estate costs and environmental pressures may force companies to reconsider massive corporate complexes. Instead, they may rent out smaller office spaces with easier access to employees.
No more cubicles. Employers are increasingly replacing cubicles with common areas, conference tables and community workspaces to promote interaction and teamwork. With employers using laptops and moving space to space, flexible designs will also benefit telecommuters who work in the office sporadically.