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Tomorrow's Workplace Technology: What Happens When Things Get Personal

See How Worker Tools and Preferences are Changing the Course of Enterprise Adoption for New Technologies Like Invisible Computing

Sep 01, 2019

Looking at the past 25 years, the road to consumer adoption of technology has historically been paved by enterprise businesses. But during the past decade, the iPhone and subsequent smartphones were championed by consumers before businesses and catalyzed organic growth in the enterprise through the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend. The trend has continued to accelerate, and workers are advocating for their favorite tools, from collaboration tools like IM and Slack, to social media, to tablets and smart watches. Will this trend continue with future technology? Out of augmented reality, virtual reality (AR/VR), wearable devices, artificial intelligence, and others, which advanced technologies do employees see themselves using in the workplace ten years from now?

This report examines workers’ attitudes toward new technology, what experiences AR/VR will improve in offices and workspaces, and what challenges must be addressed for successful deployment and acceptance.

Overall, key findings from the survey include:

  • 78% of workers would be open to using AR/VR headsets or similar devices if asked by their employers
  • 54% believe AR/VR will give them immediate access to information, like sales numbers, forecasts, or other essential data during the work day, and 48% think AR/VR headsets or similar devices could help them learn new skills at work
  • Almost half (49%) of workers feel that both the comfort and potential awkwardness of AR/VR headsets may be an issue if they had to wear them regularly in their jobs
  • 45% predict future workplace technology will be less visible and operate more frequently in the background, allowing people to focus on their task or coworkers, and not their interaction with technology
  • 42% think that in ten years, screens will be replaced by new display form factors such as smart glasses, contact lenses or headsets

Methodology: Mojo Vision conducted a national survey of 1,000 consumers in September 2019



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