It's clear that virtual office technology hasn't caught up to employees' fears of not being fully engaged. Workers know they need to demonstrate their ongoing value. And to do this, collaboration must be as seamless as possible. Unfortunately, there isn't yet a perfect substitute for meaningful face time, in spite of advances in videoconferencing and information management. But many companies, including Ricoh, are working hard on new technologies and best practices to support the new world of work, so keep an eye out—and follow some really interesting workplace trends.