Have you ever wondered what future holds for the workforce? What our offices will look like? What jobs will we have? Or will we actually be replaced by robots?

Check out: Coming Soon: The Office of the Future



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  • dozen – a group or set of twelve / a lot
  • upbeat – cheerful; optimistic
  • alleviate – make (suffering, deficiency, or a problem) less severe
  • leverage – the power to influence a person or situation
  • pundit – an expert in a particular subject or field who is frequently called upon to give their opinions to the public
  • eradicate – destroy completely; put an end to
  • pauper – a very poor person


Think about it

Answer the questions below.

  • How can your web history make you unhireable?
  • Do some people choose employers based on their drug use policy?
  • In what way will you have no leverage?
  • What benefits will employing robots rather than people have?
  • Do you think the vision of future presented in the article will come true? What is your opinion based on?


Think about it

Put the words in bold back into place.

project    –    less    –    least  –    flavor    –    tend

Over the years, I read at ____ a dozen descriptions of the “office of the future.” Heck, I’ve even written a few of them. Such descriptions ____ to be upbeat with a “better living through technology” ____ to them.

However, when you ____ current trends forward, the “office of the future” starts looking ________ like a utopia and more like a dystopia. I believe that it’s within our power to change the future but here’s where we’re currently headed.


Fill in the blank spaces with the words in bold and form expressions from the text. Then find the expressions in the text to see if you are right.

select    –    character    –    professional   –    prospective   –    current     –    online    –    prescription

________ trends

________ traits

________ employees

________ behavior

________ stimulants

________ class

________ few


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