Brian Wallace, Founder & President, NowSourcing
What will the jobs of the future look like?
This is a question that is on the mind of mankind since the dawn of time. We often try our best to predict the unpredictable by using what we know from the past and what we know now. In terms of business, a similar question can be raised about what work will look like in the future.
(Note: These are educated projections given observations of the current workforce and are subject to change)
Given the popularity of remote work, there will be a priority to create flexible workspaces. Companies will offer a variety of options for work styles so employees can choose where to work so they can be more productive and efficient. As small businesses are the backbone of a functioning society, in the next few years, these small businesses will receive the spotlight in the job market. They will flourish and collaborate, without the cost of bigger businesses.
Work will be based on teams and collaborations where everyone can be a leader. Even though there will still be clear job roles, these roles will function less like a totem pole and more like planks on a bridge. Everyone has a role to play and they all are equally valuable to the organization. Workers at all levels will use smart assistants, like Siri or Alexa, to sort and prioritize tasks. As artificial intelligence and technology take over more aspects of work, creativity and human relationships will become key to successful careers
It’s important to get the job done and for the rest of the workers to do the same. Therefore to boost morale and create healthy work environments, future workplaces will be designed with comfort in mind. There will be nap rooms where employees can rest and recharge to finish their shifts strong. There will be days like “Bring Your Pet to Work Day” to cheer up people when they are down.
To create deeper connections, there will be informal get-togethers between employees online. This could be done as simply as a Zoom call to more advanced mediums like VR and AR headsets. Slowly breaking down location barriers and building bridges to new relationships with colleagues. These connections across different groups and locations will share ideas and brainstorm to create solutions that will solve more complex problems than brainstorming in-house.
The diversity of changing workplaces will demand a new executive role, working to maintain company culture. Not only that but the Chief of Work would work to build a culture of top talent as well as create a healthy and functioning company culture.
About the Author: Brian Wallace is the Founder and President of NowSourcing, an industry leading infographic design agency in Louisville, KY and Cincinnati, OH which works with companies ranging from startups to Fortune 500s. Brian runs #LinkedInLocal events, hosts the Next Action Podcast, and has been named a Google Small Business Adviser for 2016-present. Follow Brian Wallace on Linked