10 years ago, Genentech and Wegman’s were the . Facebook had just opened itself to anyone with a valid email address, including businesses. Email and IM were starting to overtake phone calls and meetings as the top form of business communication. Needless to say, a lot has changed since 2006, and the next decade will bring an equally dramatic transformation.
So take a few moments to stop worrying about today’s work and take a peek into the future — you don’t want to let these big trends sneak up on you!
The Line Between Home and Office Will Blur
Office Buildings are Going Extinct
Your Favorite Armchair Will Be at the Office
Workspaces Will Be Personalized
Offices Will Be Less Expensive to Maintain
Technology Moves from Tool to Strategic Advantage
You’ll Join a Social Workplace
Your Smartphone Will be One of Your Most Important Work Tools
There Will Be Professional Rules for Your Personal Devices
More Collaboration Tools Will Be Adopted
Your Own Personal JARVIS is Coming Soon
Expect IoT and Wearables at Work
Work Management Will No Longer Be Ad Hoc
There Will Be Three Spheres of Business
Expect Smaller, Flatter Organizations
‘Entrepreneur’ Will Be Redefined
Experimentation and Iteration Will Be the Norm
Slacking Off? You Won’t Have to Hide It
Cross-Functional and Soft Skills Dominate
The Gig Economy Will Bring New Opportunities
You’ll Be Updating Your Resume More Often...
.. And You’ll Include “World of Warcraft” Among Your Work Skills
You’ll Need to Know IQ, EQ, and CQ
You’ll Need to Master Remote Work
Companies Will Be Remote by Default
You’ll Redecorate Your Home to Accommodate Work
The Office Will Only Be Open for Collaboration
Culture Will Define Company Success
Flexible hours, remote work, and the need keep talented workers engaged over the long term will lead many organizations to spend more time and resources creating a company culture that makes employees want to come to the office.
Colleagues Will Become Members of a Community
In a time when , the question is more commonly not how to hire the best talent, but how to keep them. Companies will focus more effort on creating a tangible and genuine sense of community, one that excites its employees and compels them to stick around.
Circular Evaluations and Feedback are Coming
as companies phase them out in favor of more flexible means of giving and receiving employee feedback. Organizations will place , skills development, and letting employees set their own goals, as well as gathering internal feedback on an ongoing basis so that everyone in the company is focused on improvement, from the CEO on down.
And Don’t Forget: New Employee Perks
While health insurance, paid vacation, and other typical benefits won’t go away, more companies are adding that stress their company’s unique culture and their employees’ personalities. They’re rethinking standard benefits to provide what their workforce really wants, like , , and .
Organizations Will Prioritize Diversity
Facebook and Pinterest require that at least one woman and one underrepresented minority is considered for every open senior position, and Twitter and Pinterest are making their hiring goals public for greater accountability. More companies will follow suit, as they become increasingly intentional about , and they’ll implement measures to counteract unconscious bias, like “blind” interviews where candidates and interviewers can’t see each other or their voices are masked.
Hiring Managers Will Look for Culture Fit…
For your next job search, experience, diplomas, and GPAs will start to take a backseat to your drive, goals, and willingness to learn. You also may be able to BYOP (Build Your Own Position) focused around your specific interests and industry, developing a relationship with a company first and then creating the right role from there, rather than applying for a specific open position.
… And You’ll Be Choosier About Accepting Jobs
Compensation will no longer be the top consideration. As people , organizations will adapt by for employees — although what that looks like can be difficult to discern (and even more difficult to deliver).
We’ll Finally See More Women in Management
that, in general, women’s management styles are less competitive and more collaborative, emotionally intelligent, and focused on the long-term. With a looming talent shortage, the fact that women earn the majority of college and advanced degrees, coupled with the fact they control 83% of consumer purchases, all mean more women in business, working with and selling to other women.
You’ll Still Be Working Long Hours
Although it’s proven very successful in Sweden, any time soon. Not because it doesn’t work, but simply because voters have proven resistant to government mandates on business practices in general. It just goes to show that although work is evolving in a myriad of important ways, some things never change!
Your predictions for the future of work?
Although these are sweeping trends, the future of work ultimately looks different for every single company — which is why it’s so important to constantly evaluate what’s working best for your organization and your employees, and watch for ways to improve with the times.
Thousands of you expressed your opinions on the future of work by taking our recent surveys. Download the and survey reports to find out what your peers believe are the most important changes coming to the workplace, then share your own predictions for the future of work in the comments below.