According to the Global Consortium to Reimagine HR, Employment Alternatives, Talent and the Enterprise, the future of work is rapidly changing.
You've likely seen or heard of some of the changes to come, but how prepared are you for the next 10 years of rapid change?
Understanding the future of work is important, because it's going to affect each of us in one way or another. But to really capitalize on how work is changing today, there are three critical things to start moving towards.
1. Embrace organizational reconfiguration
Companies are beginning to rely more on emerging technologies like the cloud and low-cost analytics or production services. With these forward-thinking views organizations are suddenly finding themselves having to shift how teams work together.
You've likely encountered a reorganization or two of your own within the past five years.
As the cost of global services like team chat (over email) and collaboration (such as Slack, Quip, and Basecamp) starts to go down, teams are finding themselves more diversified. That diversity adds to the creative fuel, but it also means teams are being shaped around products and purposes rather than old-fashioned org charts.
Learning to work more closely with cross-functional teams can help you embrace this type of reconfiguration. One of the most effective ways to improve your collaborative abilities is to simply use your imagination.
2. Prepare for (more) flexibility
Expect technological advancements in the way of self-driving transportation, highly effective and on-demand artificial intelligence (AI), robots that are cheaper than ever before, office-wide sensors, and the ability to connect to it all anywhere you go.
These tech improvements sound flashy, but in reality they'll seamlessly be integrated into our work lives. In doing so, there will be more flexibility around where and how often you work.
Being able to work in more remote locations and on a more flexible schedule means you'll have more opportunities to introduce real-world inspiration and collaboration into your work.
Knowing the benefits of flexible work--and how to better manage your ability to focus when it comes down to business--can better prepare you for the future ahead. Three ways companies like Netflix and Valve Software are encouraging this type of flexible functioning today include outlawing email and ditching performance reviews.
3. Learn to love the AI
All of the impending technical evolution means little unless you can learn to work alongside automated systems and AI.
Considering how an automated system might optimize your work (not replace it), can set you up for greater success. Learning to program couldn't hurt, but more important than learning to create the systems you'll be working along side is having a basic understanding of why they function the way they do.
Jumping on systems today that utilize smart, yet basic, AI (like Slack), will allow you to ease into the revolution of human-automation services on the horizon.