What Will the Future of Work Look Like?
The future of work: what will it be like to work in the future - a decade from now? Now there's an expansive question, and one that's being asked a lot as we witness the accelerated pace of change in business and workplaces. Jobs and roles are changing all the time but the future of work is much more than just the jobs we're doing.
Think of how we're doing those jobs and how that has changed massively in only very recent years. There's also the places we work in to consider, changes in employment law, equality legislation, environmental changes affecting the way we get to work - the list goes on and on. One thing is certain: the future of work will look very different to the way it looks now. The future of work is changing as we speak.
The global consultancy firm Pricewaterhouse Coopers published a report recently on what they believe the future of work might look like, based on their discussions with over 10,000 people in the USA, UK, India, China and Germany. PwC noted that a majority of the people they spoke to (66%) believed the future of work from their perspective is very bright and that it holds possibilities and opportunities for success.
Similarly, a large number of those polled (55%) believe that technological developments will help shape the future of work, transforming the way we work in the decade to come with 64% believing that technology will improve their job prospects. We're convinced of that already - that's why we used technology to bring TheJobWorx to life.
Interestingly, on the subject of technological development and change, noted Futurist and Chief Engineer at Google, Ray Kurzweil, believes that mankind will compress a similar level of progress to that seen in the last 20,000 years, into only the next 100 years. Think about that: a pace of change as much as 200 times faster than we've seen so far.
Despite the changes we can see coming from technology, some things change little. When asked about important factors in a job, 44% of those surveyed believe that the most important factor in any job is still job security. We should ask ourselves whether that is ever likely to be different in the future of work.
Not surpisingly, this leads 65% of people to say that they want to work for an organisation with 'a powerful social conscience', but disappointingly, the corporate world may not be responding in kind. Only 36% of HR professionals polled believed that they are actively building their teams and team strategies around their organisation's social and environmental conscience, to match the values their people feel are important.
We've mentioned our friends over at Deskonnect.com before, where you can find coworking spaces and hot desking, and so we weren't surprised when we also found that some of the professionals in the survey were noting that remote working and 'anywhere working' is being aided by technology and becoming more and more viable and successful for many companies when they come to hire new staff.
It's safe to say then, that the future of work is far from written. The level of change in technology and how we approach our work may be huge in the coming decades, but some of the reasons why we work, and why we want to work, will never really change.
A while ago, we also took a look at the subject of jobs that don't exist yet. Have a look.
If you'd like to read more on the PwC report, you can find it at: The future of work - A journey to 2022
Article Added: 22/03/2017
Posted By: Paul Docherty