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10 office trends that are likely to disappear soon

A worldwide survey by LinkedIn seems to be waving goodbye to desk phones, the 9 to 5 job and the suit. Oh well.

Typists Margaret Mitchell (l) and Barbara Stack (r) at their typewriters as they prepare to represent Great Britain at the World Typing Championships to be held in Monaco in 1955. We think their office equipment has already gone the way of the dodo.
Typists Margaret Mitchell (l) and Barbara Stack (r) at their typewriters as they prepare to represent Great Britain at the World Typing Championships to be held in Monaco in 1955. We think their office equipment has already gone the way of the dodo.
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THE CAREERS NETWORKING site LinkedIn has come up with an interesting list this week: the 10 items and office trends most likely to disappear by 2017.

From a survey of 7,000 office workers worldwide, LinkedIn found the following are likely to go the way of the typing pool:

  1. Tape recorders
  2. Fax machines
  3. The Rolodex
  4. Standard working hours
  5. Desk phones
  6. Desktop computers
  7. Formal business attire like suits, ties, tights
  8. The corner office (for manager types)
  9. Cubicles
  10. USB thumb drives

Which office items and tools are on the rise?

According to the same survey, it’s tablet computers, flexi-hours, smartphones and cloud computing.

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