Over the past few years, there have been numerous experts, articles, journals, books, and commissions that have been out to the public domain trying to explain what the future of work is.
The topic has continued to be the subject of debates and discussions as individuals make efforts to establish the effects of technology on society, employment, and lifestyle. Years ago, when Facebook and the internet were inexistent, there was emphasis on the change in the world of work, which is what we are riding on today.
Who knows how the work landscape will look like ten years from now? This article takes you through insights on what the future of work is about.
Over the years, the job market had been dominated by the lowly-educated and the old. These workers, who were mostly men, were on huge paychecks, as most of them worked and resided in big cities. When Artificial Intelligence and automation saw their debut into the world of work, almost every job was automated.
This came as a technological shock for those that once had premium jobs as they got displaced by technology. The automated jobs were now manned by young, highly-skilled, and highly-educated individuals.
Technology is evolutional. The future of work will comprise of more advanced technology, automated innovations, and algorithm-driven processes. The current employees are left with only one option, to upscale their skills for the future. Otherwise, they too will be replaced as soon as technological advancement sets in.
Rebuilding Career Pathways
This may sound like a strategic recommendation for the less educated. However, rebuilding one’s career pathway is a tactical tool for any worker interested in remain employable in the future. Work in the future will not be dependent on your current status and associations as it has been over the years. It is, therefore, crucial to invest in social or people skills, creativity, and passion. There could be quite a lot of social problems in the future that machines will not be able to solve.
Ethical Implications of Technology
It is a good thing that the future of work will have employees go for companies that have a vision and mission that they resonate with. Unfortunately, that could be the beginning of most workers’ problem, particularly if their organisation lacks a ‘hybrid’ leader. This is because one might find themselves in a company that is only ‘mission-driven’ with reasons to achieve a financial millage.
Such a drive will see many lose a balance between work and their well-being. It would not be a surprise to find humans turn into ‘robots’ in a technological sense. The problem with such a work attitude is that more employees will continue to lose their jobs when they fail to meet the company’s ‘mission. This is regardless of one’s skills or education.
One of the most notable things about the future of work is that it shall highly involve on-demand workers in a ‘gig’ economy. What this means is that employees will not need to be in one place for them to perform tasks. The foundation of this ideology is to make a significant impression of artificial intelligence as human labour get hidden in the mist.
The greatest challenge with on-demand work is that it will be extremely difficult for workers to build their careers. Unfortunately, that is what the future of work will be about.