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13 Things in Your Office Headed for Extinction

13 Things in Your Office Headed for Extinction Credit: Fax machine image via Shutterstock

Don't get too attached to things in your office, most likely many of them will be gone soon.

A new survey from LinkedIn revealed tape recorders, fax machines and Rolodexes are the most likely items to disappear from offices in the next five years.

Other items in offices trends professionals around the world expect to become extinct in the coming years are:

  • Standard working hours
  • Desk phones
  • Desktop computers
  • Formal business attire like suits, ties, etc.
  • The corner office for managers/executives
  • Cubicles
  • USB thumb drives
  • An office with a door
  • Business cards
  • Copiers

While those items may be headed the way of the dinosaurs, tablets and cloud storage are the way of the future, the research shows.

Other items and trends employees predict will be common in five years are:

  • Flexible working hours
  • Telecommuting
  • Video conferencing
  • Web-based documents
  • Enterprise social networking
  • Casual dress

While flexible work schedules and telecommuting may be the way of the future, many employees are fantasizing of an even more relaxing working environment, the study found.

Among the dream tools employees wish existed in the office today are:

  • A clone or assistant to help out during the day
  • A place in the office that provides natural sunlight
  • A quiet place in the office where you're allowed to take a nap
  • A mute button for your co-workers

Additional information can be found in the infographic below composed by LinkedIn.

The study was based on surveys of more than 7,200 professionals worldwide

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Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based freelance writer who has nearly 15 years experience in the media business. A graduate of Indiana University, he spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including, local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Following his years at the newspaper Chad worked in public relations, helping promote small businesses throughout the U.S. Follow him on Twitter.

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