By now, we can probably all agree that the future workforce will be dominated by technology – in one way or another. Nevertheless, technology alone will most likely not be the sole definer of how we will work. A younger millennial generation will represent 50% of the workforce in 2020. Understanding what the future of work will look like starts with predicting millennials’ needs and expectations and how this will play out together with technology. From a mobile first mentality to flexibility and adaptability, following are 3 trends that will be vital to understanding the workplace of the future.
Mobile first mentality
Mobile statistics speak for themselves; mobile penetration is now at 84% in Europe. This supports the idea that the next generation of employees will be tied to their phones, rather than their desks! This means that there is an increasingly need for technology that can allow work to be done on the go and remotely. For example, bots have made and will continue to make workflows more efficient, more fun and interactive while increasing productivity. In the future, we will see Artificial Intelligence become a central component of the next generation of mobile IT.
Open by default
Being open by default, means breaking down organizational silos and having an open culture that gives everybody a voice in the workplace. This is essential in attracting and retaining the talented employees of tomorrow. Connecting everyone throughout the organization not only gives employees faster and easier access to information, but also encourages employees to feel more connected to each other as well as helping them understand the culture and values of the company. In other words, if your organization is open by default, workplaces come alive!
Flexibility and adaptability
A big portion of our work activities will be automatable in the future. We are going to see more people working alongside machines, whether it is called artificial augmentation, augmented intelligence or something else. More technical skills and continuously training and development of employees will be required to make the most out of what that new technology can do for us. This means that flexibility and adaptability will become an important and valued work-skills in the future.