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Workplace 2005

In just five years, you may not even recognize the business you've created. Take a look at the shape of small business to come.

This story appears in the November 1999 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

At your next company meeting, really consider who your employees are. By 2005, it will be a very different crowd. There will be more older workers and, conversely, more teens. There will be fewer men and, for the first time, more Latinos than African Americans. You may have to get by with fewer workers overall because the labor market will only get tighter. And you might see them only on occasion, as telecommuting becomes even more common.

While you're at it, check out your office. By 2005, it will probably be smaller, and you'll spend less time in it. Gone will be the small, sequestered offices, replaced by low walls and an open environment to facilitate collaboration. And, of course, it will be stuffed with technology we can scarcely imagine.

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