Upcoming Trends in the Future of Work

Curious about what is to come in the future of work?

Instead of structuring our lives around our jobs, we now structure our jobs around our lives.

Here are five trends to pay attention to in the future of work:

TREND 1- Create the Optimal Talent Experience. Rethinking how employers develop employees, providing them the skills that the workforce needs to evolve, while providing them workplace satisfaction where employees feel like they are bringing their best version of themselves to work in an organization that supports them.

TREND 2- Champion Flexible Work. We can look forward to flexible hours and more hybrid work, which is a type of flexible work arrangement that allows employees to work a combination of on-site and remote locations. Fluid work schedules will also be greater utilized. If you’d like to create your full-time schedule by working Monday-Thursday only so you can enjoy a long weekend, consider it done.

TREND 3- Utilize Asynchronous Work. The future of work is asynchronous. With more global teams now across borders and time zones, more workers have had to join meetings late at night or early in the morning, forcing employees to follow the same schedule. In an asynchronous work environment, the talent pool can be widened, expectations can be reset, and company cultures can be readjusted. Organizations can adapt to create more flexible and efficient communication styles and better utilize technology.

TREND 4- A Mix of Who Does the Work. This is all encompassing which includes both people and technology to get work done: full-time/part-time employees, side gig workers, crowdsourcing, AI, robotics, and automation. Some quit during the Great Resignation to create side gigs and have a better work life balance. Other employees are retiring and want to continue work, but on their own terms and not in a full-time job. The future will be a mix of all of these.

TREND 5- Welcome to the Metaverse. The metaverse is going to change how we work. Imagine virtual meetings that feel real. Visualize new ways to build and teach. While this sounds abstract now, tech visionaries are developing this future as you read this. Workers will log into virtual spaces so realistic that it will seem as if we are physically in the same room, and we will see each our co-workers, potential clients, and in the form of avatars. By slipping on specialized gloves, we will be able to touch virtual versions of products and prototypes. Imagine the movie Avatar, but instead of flying through Pandora, we will be in a virtual client’s office.