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20 Things that will Disappear from the Workplace by 2020

20 Things that will Disappear from the Workplace by 2020

May 20, 2013 — The same leaders who urge employees to embrace change also hang onto their own outdated business beliefs.

Although we will always have slow-to-adopt leaders, change that leads to improved business performance will not be stopped. In fact, workplace changes will continue at an increasingly faster pace.

Workplace norms and tools will quickly disappear while new leadership ideas, inventions and technological developments will rapidly appear in the marketplace.

In other words, get ready for big changes in the workplace. Here are 20 predictions of ideas, policies and products that will disappear from the workplace by 2020.

Say Goodbye To…

#1 Neckties

no ties allowed






#2 Cubicles

escape the cubicle






#3 The Corner Office







#4 Assigned Work Stations

cubicle survival






#5 Standard Work Hours

time clock






#6 Flextime (a/k/a WorkFlex)

flex clock






#7 Vacation Policies

vacation days






#8 Bad-Mouthing Telecommuters

pins in doll






#9 Desk Phones

new office phone






#10 Desktop Computers

computer junkyard






#11 Laptop Computers







#12 Business Cards

sad business card






#13 Social Networking Policies







#14 Annual Performance Reviews







#15 Using Face Time with Boss to Survive







#16 Toxic Bosses Remaining Anonymous

Facebook Busted






#17 Employees Blindly Accepting Company Authority







#18 Working Only for One Company at a Time







#19 No Consequences for Bullying

businessman in jail






#20 The Idea that You’re Only Productive if Working Inside the Office







Join the Discussion

Do you agree or disagree with my predictions? What are your predictions of ideas, policies or products that will disappear from the workplace by 2020?

Kevin Kennemer is founder of The People Group based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Kevin is driven by his passion for company owners and their need to earn a profit, employees' desire for a positive and fulfilling work experience, and the community that benefits when both groups do well.


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