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October 01, 2021

10 things that may soon disappear from your office

At my last office, as the recession was strangling life from the building, a new economic reality was taking hold.

SamfaxLayoffs had happened, sure, and personnel were often the first to go. But other, more discrete sacrifices were being made, too.

For instance, as management was being pressed to trim budget, a big stink was made about the disappearance of water coolers throughout the office.

Certainly, this wasn’t the apocalypse, nor was it even close in consequence to people losing their jobs. Perhaps, though, it was a subtle sign that things are changing in the world’s places of business. Yet what other items will also be going soon?

LinkedIn has answered the call, surveying more than 7,000 professionals from its network to find The Office Tools (And Trends) That Are Disappearing Across The World.

*Bing: The coolest offices on earth

Its list, in top ten form:

1) Tape recorders
2) Fax machines
3) The Rolodex
4) Standard working hours
5) Desk phones
6) Desktop computers
7) Formal business attire
8) The corner office for managers/execs
9) Cubicles
10) USB thumb drives

Some things here are self-explanatory, such as the soon-to-be absence of the Rolodex or fax machine, which may be woefully outdated already.

Yet inside this list is also a further trend, the so-called start-up-izing of the world’s offices.

As cutting edge offices like those of Google and Facebook shape how business is done, perhaps they will also shape how traditional offices operate.

Suddenly, where once it didn’t before, it makes sense that suits aren’t necessary at work, or the CEO can sit at a desk alongside his or her employees.

And cubicles? Say hello to a future that may include offices strictly of open workspaces, all equal and connected together.

By Jason Buckland, MSN Money



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Gordon PowersGordon Powers

A long-time fund company executive, Gordon Powers now heads up the Affinity Group, a financial services consulting firm. Gordon was a personal finance columnist for the Globe & Mail for many years, has taught retirement planning...

Jason BucklandJason Buckland

The modern-day MC Hammer of money, Jason can often be seen spending cash that isn’t his with the efficiency of a Wilt Chamberlain first date. After cutting his teeth as a reporter for the Toronto Sun, he joined the MSN Money team with...