Our offices are filled with gear reflecting outdated work practices: fax machines, tape recorders, filing cabinets. Which one would you most like to give the flick?
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A recent poll by work social networking site LinkedIn survey asked Australians to identify the “office tools and trends” they expect to disappear by 2017. The list is a mix of items that has been replaced by email and calendar software and nervousness about the workplace of the future:
- Tape recorders (86 per cent)
- Fax machines (79 per cent)
- The Rolodex (79 per cent)
- Standard working hours (66 per cent)
- Desktop computers (28 per cent)
- Desk phones (27 per cent)
- Formal business attire such as suits and ties (24 per cent)
- Corner offices for managers/executives (23 per cent)
- Cubicles (17 per cent)
- An office with a door (15 per cent)
For the record, the Allure office has desk phones, a (rarely-used) fax machine and several desktop computers, but the ties only come out on special occasions and no-one gets their own door. The fax is definitely the most irritating inclusion, but some organisations still insist on receiving faxes for invoices.
Which of these items are still left in your office, and which would you most like to see die? Tell us (and tell us why) in the comments.