The ideal workplace needs to have multiple different types of workstation, that employees change between during the day. These could include:
- Kneeling chair/chair/stool/exercise ball, desk, keyboard, mouse, monitor
- Standing-height desk, keyboard, mouse, monitor (or Minority-Report-style holographic screen + standing)
- Couch/armchair/beanbag with monitor on an adjustable arm (like a balanced-arm lamp) and wireless keyboard
- Treadmill desk
- Cycling desk
- Lying down desk
All of this is possible with existing technology. The ideal is to have desktop virtualisation that allows workers to move their logical workstation quickly and easily between all these positions.
Potentially, the number of positions will reduce as voice-recognition supercedes keyboard input. However, the need for a pointing device (mouse or finger) is like to remain for quite a while (potentially to be replaced by eye tracking).