Many companies have already taken a good, hard look at the future of workplaces in recent years, developing strategies, implementing pilot projects and rolling out new concepts and solutions. Currently, though, we are only catching a fleeting glimpse of how new technologies will shape our working worlds and workplaces in the future. In some places these technologies will lastingly disrupt and fundamentally alter the ways we work. That’s why the “workplace of the future” is not a one-off project, rather a continuous process that companies and employees will have to engage with head-on.
Technologies are already being tentatively developed that very soon will become game-changers in individual industries. Falling behind already will make it virtually impossible to catch up later on, or doing so will require substantial investments. Among the most interesting and auspicious technologies in this field is virtual or augmented reality. It is not a question of whether it will be incorporated in the world of work, rather how sweeping the changes may end up being. Various forms of virtual reality are already used by numerous companies, for instance in the automotive industry and in product development, for example at Volkswagen .