What is the office 5.0?

12/02/2020

What is the office 5.0?

The concept office 5.0 is increasingly becoming more known. These are environments where technology is the real protagonist, even having an impact on the productivity of workers. This is possible thanks to the ability to create more pleasant and functional places and even taking on some of the more mechanical day-to-day tasks of an office.

Three elements that mainly shape office 5.0: virtual reality, personal assistants, smart furniture.

For example, by smart furniture we mean those that provide extra information to workers, especially at a health level. We are talking about chairs that let us know if we are sitting in a bad position of if we’ve been sitting for too long. Or tables that are regulated so that we are able to work standing. That is, furniture that is not really simple office furniture, but elements that take care of the health of employees.

Another example of smart furniture are lamps that have the ability to automatically adjust the lighting to the needs of space according to the time of day and characteristics of the environment, thus creating a greater sense of comfort and a more pleasant place to work.

But logically, as we said at the beginning, it is technology that shapes office 5.0, becoming another direct member of the office. A good example are personal assistants, such as Alexa or Cortana that are already beginning to have a presence in some households, and who in the near future will jump to offices becoming also a fundamental role in organisations. 

They will help in the day to day running of the company, remembering agenda dates, booking trips or arranging meetings. But this will only be the beginning, as its importance will increase by being able to take on more tasks, as technology evolves. For example, everything indicates that they will be another element of business management by having the ability to make business reports or market research thanks to data entered by the workers themselves.

In reality some of the features that these assistants will have are to this day unknown, since they will evolve offering solutions that currently do not even exist. But to do this, it is necessary that companies are already able to make them part of their production process, for example as Renfe does with its customer service department. It is key to bet early on this technology so that it can evolve.

The third point is virtual reality, which will end the concept of screens as we understand so far. Currently, distance communications or presentations are made through them, but this will be something that will disappear to give way to augmented reality that will end architectural barriers. In addition, they will provide a new scenario in the offices, such as meetings around a hologram with 3D elements.

Nevertheless, although this year it is expected to generate $120 billion, virtual reality is a more fledging area than that of virtual assistants, so its implementation in offices in a meaningful way will be later and will require more time.

Without a doubt, we are still far from working in real 5.0 offices, but some of the steps that will lead us to them are already taking place.

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