Riskier? More secure? Globalized? Better? The Future of Work is still a very abstract notion and it is time to look at some of the terms in more detail. Slow business, freelancing, globalization of the workforce, motivation at work… What do these concepts really mean? How can we envision the future of work? What implications will there be for workers?
We’ll review different analyses which will allow us to answer these questions more fully.
5 Ways Work Will Change in the Future | Forbes Magazine
Whilst the Future of Work may cover different concepts, five main ideas seem to stand out, giving us an insight into what the changes in the world of work will look like in the future.
First of all, many roles will need to involve multitasking. Within a company, operations will be more fluid. Teams trained in this way will be more project-oriented so that each worker can gain expertise in several fields simultaneously, and hence work more efficiently.
Next, remote working as we know it will evolve towards a totally decentralized workforce thanks to improvements in communication technology. Generation Z should be free to work from anywhere in the world, in a totally globalized setting. Therefore, workers will expect more than just a monetary reward to boost their motivation at work. They will place personal development at the heart of their expectations and will rely on the latest gadgets to make their ambitions possible from the four corners of the world.
On the other hand, the need to constantly acquire new skills linked to the constant emergence of new tools will accentuate long term learning. This is explained by the increase in the need for a flexible workforce.
Takeaway point: The Future of Work will entail the creation of more multitasking roles, a decentralized workforce, the importance of motivation at work, long term learning and an increase in the demand for flexible workers.
The Virtues of Slow Business | Remix Community [in French]
“Putting people at the heart of companies”
The concept of future of work has given rise to many neologisms that we need to define. We are moving towards a future where working more efficiently aligns with slowing down the pace at which you work.
The Slow Movement advocates a slowing down of our way of life, often criticized for being too rapid. This term appeared in 1986 after a protest spearheaded by Carlo Petrini against the opening of a McDonald’s restaurant in Rome. This movement also denounces poor quality fast food and mass tourism, as well as climate change and a generally overly consumerist society. The movement involves alternatives such as local tourism, slow food, slow school, slow working, slow cities, but above all, slow business. Slow business means putting people at the heart of companies. This can be illustrated by the general globalization of telecommuting.
“Working better, not less”
Firstly, “slow” does not necessarily mean a sluggish speed. The objective is more about establishing a better balance between work and private life. The world of work is paying more and more attention to burnout and it’s useful to examine so-called alternative working methods. This Slow Business philosophy is emerging progressively. This involves putting several simple daily measures into place which have a considerable impact on workers’ productivity, such as:
- Not making overtime standard
- Respecting schedules and breaks
- Not eating in front of a screen
- Slowing down and not being in a hurry
- Getting enough sleep
- Appreciating your work and surroundings
Did you know that working 9 hours per day without taking a break means our brains are only active for about 5.5 hours? Working too hard has zero benefit. The slow business philosophy affirms that the only way to increase your productivity is to plan, organize and above all, slow down your working rhythm every day in order to work better. Giving in to pressure and trying to finish your projects as quickly as possible will only bring forward your breaking point. Working on too many projects at once will also make you forget or overlook certain crucial details. Don’t forget that the tortoise won the race, not the hare!
Take-away point: The objective of slow business is not to focus on your work rate as such, but to work better and evolve steadily, all the while taking the time to build relationships with your peers at work, including clients, partners and associates.
See also: What can AI bring to companies?
What will work look like in 2030? | The Conversation
From a macroeconomic point of view, the future work market will be split into four main “atmospheres”.
Firstly, freelancing will pave the way to a working world made up of independent workers operating on global digital platforms. It’s a fluid atmosphere. One in 3 Americans works or has worked as a freelancer and this figure will only increase in the coming years.
Next, the world of salaried employment will single-handedly transform temporary and permanent work contracts as we know them today, notably on a legal level. These contracts will nonetheless remain at the heart of the world of work.
Hybridization will emerge as a new concept where each worker will be able to combine several different jobs at once, since they will alternate periods of salaried employment with periods of self-employment. Workers will no longer be corralled into one single job and will be able to work better as a result.
Lastly, universal revenue pre-supposes a context in which meaning attributed to the job we do will be more important than our performance and status linked to said job.
Take-away point: These four atmospheres of the future work market will be linked, and it will be common to switch from one atmosphere to another, in a flexible environment.
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