Innovation. Perhaps the most important trend will be the speed of innovation. Today’s innovation is heavily IT-driven and thus characterized by computing power, data, and communication capabilities becoming exponentially more powerful. Just a few years ago, 3D printers, reliable voice recognition, and control, real-time translation, or augmented reality were unthinkable. Today, they are part of everyday life. The speed at which innovations that are unthinkable today become reality will increase in proportion to the underlying computing power. For the world of work, this means that job profiles will change at an even faster rate.
The pandemic has shown us the viability (and limits!) of remote work effectiveness. While I doubt that all jobs that went remote out of necessity in 2019/2020 will stay purely that way — the experience has taught us that many jobs can be practically done from a remote context. We now have the infrastructure also in place to do this. Remote work has many benefits for employees — reduced commute time, better work/life balance, reduced traffic, etc. For employers, it can mean being able to hire workers across geographies, reduce office expenses, etc. Remote work is not a panacea and…
When talent is out of alignment, look for job losses. When talent is in alignment with value, look for job creation. For example, Apple’s recent announcement that I mentioned earlier comes with a reported 3,000+ new jobs at average salaries well above 100K annually — that’s a great example of talent being in alignment with value.
There have been major disruptions in recent years that promise to change the very nature of work. From the ongoing shifts caused by the COVID19 pandemic, the impacts caused by automation, and other possible disruptions to the status quo, many wonder what the future…
My grandmother always said, “Today has traveled through the gates of the past” (translated from Dutch). There’s nothing we do today or will do tomorrow that hasn’t been influenced by the past. Although looking toward the future I am always aware it is all my previous experiences and those of my family before me that led me here. I think it is important to acknowledge that, be grateful and learn from your mistakes.
Offices will be for collaboration, not mandated attendance. The pandemic showed employers that work no longer requires a centralized location as it can be done anywhere a WI-FI connection is available. Office spaces will be less focused on housing the entire business and more about providing a hub for collaboration. The future of work is not office-first, it is people-first.
There have been major disruptions in recent years that promise to change the very nature of work. From the ongoing shifts caused by the COVID19 pandemic, the impacts caused by automation, and other possible disruptions to the status quo, many…
Race to the country. New York has led the US’s population decline list over the past year and we’ve seen this in all major cities. London for example has lost three-quarters of a million people since the pandemic began. Conversely, country locations and small towns have seen an enormous boom in house sales and rentals. This is great for the quality of life for both those arriving in their new locations and for those who already live there. We’ll see economic stimulus in lots of areas, rather than seeing the big cities hog all of the resources and talent.
Augmented Reality + Virtual Reality blending together into mixed reality — this is going to be big for designers, game developers, movie effects, and new cool advertisement technologies.
A distributed work gig economy — the rise of the machines (AI, robotics, etc.) replacing human labor, cutting costs, and improving efficiency.
Average workdays will become shorter than ever — a lot of the most time-consuming processes will be automated, allowing you to focus on what’s truly important.
Education will be even more central to careers — don’t drop out of school, kids.
No more will you be bound to a single…
Explosion in Career Mobility: Coupled with continual learning and the move towards remote work, is the need to create a culture that helps your talent fight stagnation and career immobility. Allowing employees the power of choice, to switch and to reinvent their skillsets, will enable the retention of top talent.
There have been major disruptions in recent years that promise to change the very nature of work. From the ongoing shifts caused by the COVID19 pandemic, the impacts caused by automation, and other possible disruptions to the status quo, many wonder what the future holds in terms of employment. …
A Real Move Towards Diversity, Inclusion, And Equity. Companies have been touting this message for years. As a country, we have witnessed horrific tragedies. There is a more open discussion happening now, in and out of the workplace than ever before. We are finally starting to understand just how far we must go to get there. We must invest in making sure we have strategies with measurable goals and accountabilities.
The idea that an effective manager needs to be “in the office” or has to be seen by any superior in order to be “management material”. The management skills needed to effectively manage a full distributed/remote team will FAR outweigh any of the accepted “in office” management skills going forward … and so it will become the norm to have first, second, and senior-level management be fully remote themselves.