Professional networking site, LinkedIn has released interesting statistics about office tools and trends that are on the brink of becoming extinct. According to its “Office Endangered Species” study, LinkedIn surveyed more than 7,000 professionals across the globe and asked which offices tools and trends will most likely not be seen around offices by the year 2017.
According to the surveyed professionals, the top 10 items and office trends that are becoming rare and could even disappear in the next five years are tape recorders (79 %), fax machines (71 %), The rolodex (58 %), standard working hours (57 %), desk phones (35 %), desktop computers (34 %), formal business attire like suits, ties, pantyhose, etc. (27 %), the corner office for managers/executives (21%), cubicles (19 %) and USB thumb drives(17 %).
Globally, professionals selected tablets (55 %), cloud storage (54 %), flexible working hours and smartphones (52%) as office tools that are becoming more ubiquitous.
Professionals from around the world also pointed out at several key dream tools they’d like to see in the future. These include having a clone or assistant to help you in your day (25%), a place in the office that provides natural sunlight (25 %) and a quiet place in your office where you’re allowed to take a nap (22 %). In a funny twist, 19 % of respondents said they wish they had a mute button for their co-workers, so they don’t have to hear them talk.