The Big Question – Which current trend has no chance of surviving long-term?

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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’.

 

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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?

 

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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.

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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.

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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!).

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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.