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Tape Recorders, Fax Machines Top Survey of Office Tools Heading For Extinction

If you’re a cubicle dweller, then you know full well how precious natural sunlight in the office space is. When LinkedIn conducted a survey looking into the modern work world, it found that this — along with the ability to clone oneself — were the leading “dream tools” today’s office workers, followed by company sanctioned napping spaces.

The 7,000 member participants also weighed in on what they believed would be the next office tools or trends to go extinct. If this assessment’s accurate, then some time within the next five years, we’ll see tape recorders, fax machines and Rolodexes go the way of the dinosaur.

The top 10 list of items and office trends that are on their way out include:

  • Tape recorders (79 percent)
  • Fax machines (71 percent)
  • Rolodexes (58 percent)
  • Standard work hours (57 percent)
  • Desk phones (35 percent)
  • Desktop PCs (34 percent)
  • Formal business clothing — suits, ties, pantyhose, etc. (27 percent)
  • Corner offices for managers/execs (21 percent)
  • Cubicles (19 percent)
  • USB thumb drives (17 percent)

So if these are going out, what’s coming in?

  • Tablets (55 percent),
  • Cloud storage (54 percent)
  • Flexible work hours, smartphones (tied at 52 percent)

(Side note: Sixty-two percent of American professionals also chose tablets as the work tool that’s ruling the world.)

While cloning abilities (25 percent), natural sunlight (25 percent) and nap rooms (22 percent) were the most desired, 19 percent also said they wished they had a mute button for chatty coworkers.

If you could imbue yourself or your work space with special abilities or features, what would be at the top of your list? Weigh in below.

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Adriana Lee

Adriana is the resident writer-slash-culture vulture who has written about everything from smartphones, tablets, apps, accessories, and small biz...Adriana is the resident writer-slash-culture vulture who has written about everything from smartphones, tablets, apps, accessories, and small biz...


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