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Fax machines and tape recorders to become extinct in two years

Jack Loo | Sept. 28, 2012
A LinkedIn survey has published a list of items that will disappear from the Singapore office.

The once ubiquitous fax machine and tape recorder could go the way of the dodo bird and disappear from the Singapore office landscape, according to a LinkedIn survey.

The study, Office Endangered Species, looked at office tools and trends that will most likely disappear from offices by 2017. Out of the 7,000 workers who responded to the global survey, 384 are from Singapore.

"It's no surprise to see the Rolodex gathering dust as the pace of technological innovation rapidly makes many workplace practices and tools redundant," said LinkedIn's head of communications - ANZ & SE Asia, Tara Commerford. "The beauty of modern devices and platforms, such as LinkedIn, is that they constantly evolve to meet professionals' needs, allowing them to connect more quickly and easily than ever before."

The report also found that Singaporean professionals are a sleep-deprived workforce, with 35 percent of them choosing a quiet place in the office where they're allowed to take a nap - the largest percentage among the 18 countries surveyed.

Other dream tools included a place in the office that provides natural sunlight (23 percent), and having a clone or assistant to help them in their days (22 percent).

Meanwhile, 14 percent of respondents said they wish they had a mute button for their co-workers, so they don't have to hear them talk.

The top 10 items and office trends that are becoming rare and could even disappear from Singapore offices in the next five years are:

Tape recorders (84 percent)

Fax machines (66 percent)

Standard working hours (60 percent)

The Rolodex (50 percent)

Desktop computers (47 percent)

Desk phones (30 percent)

Formal business attire like suits, ties, pantyhose, etc. (28 percent)

The corner office for managers/executives (27 percent)

USB thumb drives (24 percent)

Cubicles (23 percent)


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