NICK ATKIN, GROUP CHIEF EXECUTIVE, HALTON HOUSING TRUST
The trend for workplace presenteeism is dying – and not before time. The rapid advances in ICT, coupled with the increased costs (time and monetary) of commuting, office space, recruitment/retention challenges and some very different expectations of what the workplace experience should be from a new generation of workers and leaders, means that the approach will shift to ‘work is something you do and not somewhere you go’.
LAWRENCE RIVERS, MANAGING DIRECTOR, TOFF
To leave a voicemail or not is the ‘Big Question’ for me. I see an increasing trend of ‘missed calls’. Personally I’ve been a victim of essay-length messages and, if truth be told, have left messages that I wished I hadn’t. What I do know is that my communications are shorter and I use multiple platforms – i.e. WhatsApp, Messenger and iMessage. So is that a lack of patience or just the immediate world that we now live in?
PAUL McKENZIE, MANAGING DIRECTOR, ABL UK
Technology is changing at such a fast pace that we are seeing shorter life-cycles on electrical products and components. One example of this, which is happening now, is the move from USB-A to Type-C USB. It is estimated that by 2021 around five billion devices will be using Type-C USB and this has the potential to replace a whole range of connections, including HDMI and VGA.
NIKKI KIRBELL, HEALTH & WELLBEING LEAD, UNILEVER
Car ownership has limited chance of surviving long-term apart from as a pleasure seeking or collectible pursuit. Personalised transport services will likely change dramatically in the future with the widespread adoption of driverless vehicles. This will make car ownership less of a necessity as we see consumption of transport reverting to a subscription/on demand service similar to the way we are now using Deliveroo or Uber.
MARK SIMPSON, PRINCIPAL, BDP
Trumpism is surely the worst trend of the last few years and one which I’m hoping will be snuffed out by common decency and humanity. I am hoping that, by the time this gets to print, Mr Trump and the Republican Party have been given a bloody nose in the Mid-Term Elections. The right wing agenda typified by Trump and his mini-me puppets, like Nigel Farage, are the things that keep me awake at night – and not whether bare filament lightbulbs are passé yet (they are!).
RODERIK MOS, MANAGING DIRECTOR, DATAFLEX UK LTD
As designers and manufacturers of ergonomic office products, we think the trend of aftermarket sit-to-stand converters won’t last very long. You spend a ton of money on whatever is slightly decent, only to lose 50% of effective desk space, either standing or sitting. Those are definitely short-term ‘problem solvers’. Anyone buying new desking in the future will hopefully go for sit/stand straight away.