The world of work is increasingly undergoing changes and might take a whole lot of different dimension in the nearest future. Technology has been a major driver of this change and will continue to do so in time to come.
In the United Kingdom for instance, driverless car will go on the roads by 2015 which will
herald tremendous changes to the auto industry and invoke great level of expertise in traffic
Management. The space industry is also another potential income generation sector which
will welcome tourists around the world. These are unprecedented changes happening in
the world we live today. The question we should ask ourselves is ‘how are we galvanising our business for these changes?
A major influence on technological innovation is Man. World population is ballooning and is
estimated to reach 10 billion by 2063 by the United Nations. A large chunk of this number
will constitute the future workforce and they will surely define the nature of work. Working
from home will increase leaving a constricted workspace but an enhanced worklife balance.
It is also hoped that there will be a greater degree of collaboration amongst businesses and
people. This will give rise to enlarge business units backed by massively huge equity.
The current level of mergers and business takeovers will increase. A workforce comprising
of people from diverse cultures and backgrounds is envisaged. Global knowledge is
required to fit into the future workplace and ability to work with people of diverse cultures
shall be an asset. The level of cooperation at governmental levels will also affect the future
of work. If the withdrawal of UK from the European Union materialises as being championed
by some people, it will greatly impaired on movement of skilled labour.
World politics is a major defining factor to every sphere of our existence including work
itself. The current row between Russia and Ukraine on one hand and the ensuing rift
between Russia and NATO on the other is affecting businesses amongst the allied
countries. BP has already warned of the damage any sanctions will have on its business
interests with Rosneft in the kremlin-controlled region. These effects can only be best
imagined than experienced. This feud and other future unrests need to be effectively
managed and controlled to avert any disruption to peoples’ working lives.
The future of work is at best based on conjectures drawn from current happenings in the
workplace and other extrinsic factors. However, the most important thing for businesses is
to have in place a robust talent management strategy that can accommodate future
changes in the workplace.
Please give your thoughts on what you think the future workplace might look like.
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