Collaboration in the Future

Experts all agree that our world is only getting more complex and the need to put our heads together to solve difficult problems will become more and more pronounced. The disagreement comes in what forms collaboration will take.

Those who embrace technology believe that the workplace of the future will include a mélange of enhanced social networks, holograms, and virtual-reality simulation. The result is that our real world and virtual worlds will collide, driving the need for highly advanced “theater-like” emersion rooms and a reduction in the number of face-to-face meeting spaces.

Others believe that the need for palm-rubbing and face-to-face interaction is on the rise and that our collaborative spaces need to become more like our living room – relaxed, comfortable settings for developing trust and a deeper understanding of culture differences and building the possibility for common ground.

Either way, work will continue to evolve, the workforce will continue to become even more diverse, and technology will continue to advance, enabling new ways of working. How all of these factors will shape the workplace has yet to be revealed. In the meantime, studying how, when, where, and why people collaborate is the best method for right-sizing the workspace and building a platform for effective communication at all levels.