Ideas about work are changing at a rapid pace, thanks to shifting attitudes, behaviors, social trends and new technologies. Futurist Jacob Morgan explores the factors influencing how people work and predicts what businesses need to do to survive and thrive in the future. Writing in a clear, accessible voice, Morgan offers guiding principles for business leaders who want to embrace change and stay competitive. His ideas will help you rethink how your workplace functions and will encourage you to challenge dated, traditional ideologies and practices. getAbstract recommends his report to all those who want to help their organizations become more innovative, flexible and aware of the future.
Trends Influencing the Workplace
The future workplace will reflect social and technological trends and evolving views about what employment might mean. The factors that are affecting how people work include:
- Social media and the Internet have changed how people behave in their professional and personal lives. For example, people are more comfortable sharing information about themselves online today than they shared offline in previous decades.
- New technologies drastically change work. As cloud-based technology improves, workers will take tech-related decisions into their own hands. For instance, they may choose which programs they’d like to use at work, rather than waiting for an IT specialist to decide for them. Employers can access much more data about employees and will have to determine how to use that data to their organizations’ advantage. Managers may, for example, be able to use “people analytics” to help predict how individuals will perform at their jobs. Increased connectivity will facilitate more efficient collaboration within a workforce.
- By 2025, millennials will make up more than half of the workforce. This new generation holds...
Futurist and keynote speaker Jacob Morgan co-founded the FOW community, a network of business leaders who discuss future visions of the workplace. He contributes to Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, CNN and other outlets.