With the evolutional ingress of technological advancement today, it is evident that the future of work is already here with us. While most people see this advancement in technology as the leeway to a significant loss of jobs, business experts see it as a redefining moment on the future of work. The adoption of autonomous systems, artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning across industries has led to a revolution on how countries work and live. Here is an overview of how the future of work looks like.
The ‘Gig’ Economy
The future belongs to generation Z employees who are willing to undertake multiple jobs within the same place of employment, which is what the gig economy is about. Positions will be more temporal within organisations with more employees going for short-term engagements in a company. What this means is that professional employees will sign up for temporary contracts or as specialist freelancers. This is to enable them to get to the next ‘gig’ once they are done with a particular project.
Decentralised Organisational Structure
Organisations with the centralised workforce will reorganise into decentralised structures. Employees of a company will not need to be in the same office to perform certain objectives. Thanks to internet connectivity and mobile technology. Employees will be able to work remotely from any location of choice instead of moving to a particular place for employment.
Humans versus Technology
Intelligent machines and AI algorithms will be the order of the day for most companies. Employees will have to learn how to work and cope with technology to achieve organisational goals.
A Shift in Employee Motivation
For years, employee motivation has been based on management theories recommended by management experts. These theories highlight money and recognition as key motivators to work. In the future, that will not be the case. Employees will prefer working for organisations with a vision and mission that they resonate with. They will also go for organisations that offer incentives such as advanced tech gadgets, personal development opportunities, and companies that harness their passions.
Technology will not stop evolving. Employees will, therefore, be pushed to learn new skills to adapt to the dynamic changes that will come with technological advancement. This implies that employees will continue to learn and pursue technical careers as they work.
Getting Prepared for the Future of Work
It is impossible to predict all the possible changes concerning the future of work. However, it is possible to capture in a snapshot how people can prepare for these changes. Here is a highlight.
- Be Optimistic – The prediction that robots will be taking over all the jobs should not deter anyone from having a more optimistic outlook of things. You can still pursue work that requires emotional intelligence, imagination, creativity, and social intelligence.
- Be engaged in continued learning – The more technology advances, the more a given set of skills shrink. It is fundamental to keep learning new skills to cope with possible changes.
- Shaping Individual Career Path – Relying on predictable trends in a company will be an outdated way of growing in a career. Individuals will have to pursue their own career paths for long-lasting success.
- Be Passion-driven – Gone are the days when past achievements determined the success of a career. It is essential to pursue careers that resonate with your passion.
- Companies will need to recruit and hire employees based on the likelihood of automation of their skills.