How the Office Job Has Evolved in the Last Century

There’s a lot of talk about how the workforce of the future will perform in offices that are redesigned or reimagined for the ongoing pandemic. Of course, it’s helpful to think through that in terms of how the workplace has changed over the last few decades. It didn’t always look like the open spaces that we’re so used to seeing now; in fact, that’s a fairly modern invention and one that’s likely to go away, at least for the time being, as people adapt and recover and return to the office.

Even up until the 1950s, desks were fairly standard — flat top, drawers, office workers in rows and side by side. The advances of technology companies changed a good bit of that, with flex spaces and hotel-like offices where no one had a dedicated office. And tech, of course, is leading the way for a fair number of office workers as we look to the future. Some may never return. In the graphic below, courtesy of Zero Cater, we can see how far work spaces have come, and begin predicting how they will shift into the future, amidst COVID-19 and beyond. Take a look…

What advancements do you feel have had the greatest? And what will the future of shared office spaces look like? Join in the conversation by leaving a comment below.

2 thoughts on “How the Office Job Has Evolved in the Last Century

    1. I agree! The evolution is quite incredible. It’s easy to overlook how far we’ve come in a relatively short amount of time. It will be very interesting to watch the virtual office and work-from-home trends moving forward to see if they stick or people ultimately revert back to traditional office spaces like before COVID.

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