Office plants, IoT, and the future of work

The much derided devil’s ivy (epipremnum aureum) is probably not at the forefront of the public discussion about the future of work, but we might as well give the inauspicious pot plant a second look if we want to rethink the way we to work together in the future.

Growth matters. Photo by Tom Ezzatkhah on Unsplash

Let’s face it, there were always two reasons why being in the same room while working separately on related projects was deemed a necessity: for one it’s easier to collaborate, and for two it’s easier to be supervised.

Future workplace. Photo by Sigmund on Unsplash

So now that even big employers like Google and Novartis are shifting to a default work-from-home model, the two questions that come up are: How much designated office space do we still need in the future? And how will it look like?

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