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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Sept. 25, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --
LinkedIn (NYSE:LNKD), the world's largest professional network with more than 175 million members worldwide, today released some fun statistics about office tools and trends that are on the brink of becoming extinct.
LinkedIn surveyed over 7,000 members in 18 countries on office tools and trends.
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As part of its "Office Endangered Species" study, LinkedIn surveyed more than 7,000 professionals across the globe and asked which offices tools and trends will most likely not be seen around offices by the year 2017. Thousands of professionals agreed they could easily picture office stalwarts like tape recorders, fax machines and Rolodexes nestled in museum exhibits next to fossils and Tyrannosaurus rex skeletons.
According to professionals, the top 10 items and office trends that are becoming rare and could even disappear in the next five years are:
Tape recorders (79 percent)
Fax machines (71 percent)
The Rolodex (58 percent)
Standard working hours (57 percent)
Desk phones (35 percent)
Desktop computers (34 percent)
Formal business attire like suits, ties, pantyhose, etc. (27 percent)
The corner office for managers/executives (21 percent)
Cubicles (19 percent)
USB thumb drives (17 percent)
Globally, professionals selected tablets (55 percent), cloud storage (54 percent), flexible working hours and smartphones (which tied at 52 percent) as office tools that are becoming more ubiquitous. Professionals in the U.S. selected tablets (62 percent) as the office tool that is ruling the Earth.