5 Amenities Every Coworking Space Will Need Once the Metaverse Comes of Age

5 Amenities Every Coworking Space Will Need Once the Metaverse Comes of Age

 

The metaverse is one of those topics that people in all industries are talking about. It is a fusion of technologies that spawn an enduring virtual reality (VR) infrastructure that anyone will be able to access from anywhere on earth to interact, play, work, and shop. Even though it is only in its infancy, the metaverse is already impacting the coworking space industry by creating new hybrid physiverse/metaverse business models that allow coworking space providers to take advantage of this emerging trend. As it becomes what it is meant to be, the metaverse will offer even more opportunities for those businesses that are ready and that invested in the proper technology early on.

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2022 workplace trends: What HR needs to know – and do – now

Experts Weigh In On 6 Critical Issues

 

Another weird year of work almost in the books. What kind of workplace trends can we anticipate in 2022?

 

Things will be different, that’s for sure. Many trends will be carved out of the changes the pandemic forced us all to make.

 

Others will reflect both employers’ and employees’ desire to get back to normal – even if it’s a new normal.

 

Here are the top six workplace trends HR pros will want to prepare for as we turn the calendar year.

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The Working Future: More Human, Not Less

 

In 1964, the RAND Corporation predicted that we would be breeding intelligent apes to perform manual labor by 2020. In 1959, the US postmaster general predicted that today’s mail would be sent by rockets (email turned out to be a more cost-effective option). In 1930, John Maynard Keynes predicted that continued economic growth over the course of the coming century would reduce the workweek to 15 hours. Nikola Tesla echoed this sentiment in 1935, when he predicted that robots would replace most human labor in the next hundred years.

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The future of work: Not the office or home

 

The now-common term “work from home” belies an important phenomenon in today’s economy: many people, when given the option to work remotely, are actually working from somewhere else. Before the pandemic, most people did not get to choose where to work. Now, the popular narrative is that many people are dividing their working hours between exactly two locations: an employer-provided workplace or the home office, whether that is a refined salon with specific thousand-page books or the humble living room couch.

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What Successful Freelancers Do Differently

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More than a quarter of the global workforce does some freelance work— from writers and designers to coaches and delivery drivers. Though the majority of freelancers are based in Europe (35%) and Asia (28%), the gig economy has an exciting and attractive future in the U.S. as well.

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Making sense of why executives are eager to get employees back in the office

People enter the Goldman Sachs headquarters building in New York, U.S., on Monday, June 14, 2021.
People enter the Goldman Sachs headquarters building in New York, U.S.,
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After two years, giddy executives appear on the brink of welcoming their workforces back to the office, whether their employees are ready or not.

 

“I can’t tell you how much I am looking forward to being together again,” Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook told his employees in a memo last week, outlining his company’s April 11 hybrid back-to-work plan.

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Why I Still Love the Office

A conference table and chairs, glowing in gold, sit atop a golden Ionic column.
Paradise. Photo illustration by Slate. Photos by Rawf8/iStock/Getty Images Plus, Peshkov/Getty Images Plus, Casey Horner/Unsplash ,and Katie Harp/Unsplash.

So many bosses have repeated the same arguments against remote work so many times, most workers could recite them during a desk nap: People are less productive at home. Offices are necessary to maintain company culture. Chance encounters at the water cooler breed innovation.

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This is how IBM and Slack are approaching hybrid work

This is how IBM and Slack are approaching hybrid work
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The past year of remote work has shown us very little about what the future looks like. That’s because our working model simply switched from one extreme to another. In the pre-pandemic world, many companies operated from one defined norm: Work happens primarily in an office from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. During the pandemic, most companies replaced that with a new universal norm: We can’t go to the office, so work happens primarily at home. The future of work for many companies is at neither end of this spectrum. It’s in the middle.

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