Drastic changes to the workplace expected due to technology and employees wanting to escape 9 to 5 routines

Offices, cities and the wider economy in the UK could all undergo drastic change in the future thanks to a workplace revolution, a study has found.

Mitel's research indicates that 81% of workers in the UK now want to escape the nine to five culture, or find new ways of working, while 87% of younger employees want to do the same.

Catalysts for this radical change include individualised working, a transformation of the physical workplace, and the adoption of new technology, according to the firm's study.

Named generation Work 3.0, the research suggests that a "human cloud" will emerge, and smarter, more dynamic and more adaptive businesses will be created.

According to evidence in the study, new ways of working will quickly overtake the ways of the traditional office.

Mitel has presented the concept of the "human cloud" based on its study, which is born out of the interaction between virtualisation, the trend of 'bringing your own device' to work, and unified communications.

Under its plans, workers would no longer need to have a specific device or physical space allocated to them.

The "human cloud" would host each document, application, IT tool, voicemail and work phone, with any worker able to access the information in moments anywhere.

CIO at Mitel, Steve Little, said: "Technology is not only a key driver of new working practices, it will also be responsible for making sure that businesses are equipped to manage the change.

"The last decade has seen an explosion of game-changing technologies and our report suggests that once these truly get a foothold in UK businesses, the impact will be enormous.

"Establishing a culture of dynamism will be of benefit to individual workers, businesses and markets, and could help to give the UK economy a real competitive edge on the global stage.

"Vendors have a huge responsibility as enablers of this revolution. The 'one size fits all' single vendor model is simply unviable in supporting the Work 3.0 generation of businesses, which will need to be populated with interoperable best-in-class technologies."

Copyright Press Association 2012