From the dreaded office cubicles, to the awkward chats by the water cooler, the working environment was a whole different ball game 20 years ago. In the past two decades, working life in general has evolved. Employers have finally realised that a happy worker is a productive one – and office life has evolved to match this new attitude.

Everyone’s favourite professional network LinkedIn have put together the simple but beautiful infographic below to highlight some of the major changes that have occurred in the workplace in the past two decades.


  • Office furniture design has changed dramatically. The recession in the 80s and 90s meant many businesses opted for office cubicles, in order to have as many workers as possible in an area. Nowadays, offices tend to be more open-plan to make room for collaboration and creativity.
  • Keeping your office a fun and creative place has been hot topic in recent years. This works in two-folds – firstly, employees feel happy at work and go on to be more productive. And secondly, your workplace looks like an awesome place to work!
  • Tasks that were once done on paper, are now done on a computer or laptop – such as keeping contacts, planning your week and job searching.
  • Recruiters now turn to technology to locate candidates for placement.

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About Ruby Lowe

Ruby is a Senior Account Executive at Link Humans in London.

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