What does the future of employment entail?
While technology will continue to dominate the future workplace, most organizations will face the issue of determining the best approach to employ it to increase staff motivation and productivity.
A future where remote would be the norm seemed unthinkable four years ago. While remote working was not a new concept, it was still in the ‘testing’ stage. Then the epidemic struck, requiring companies to go entirely online. Welcome to the pandemic workplace, where working from home is the norm. As nations implement vaccination programs and the globe grapples with a virus that continues to mutate, companies must continue to evolve, learning to identify and implement processes and schedules that support employees and improve productivity.
Bridging the disconnection between the employees
Employees appear to be divided between continuing to work remotely and returning to work after more than a year and a half of working remotely, while managers and C-suite executives must now rethink expectations of workers coming to the office full time. According to a recent McKinsey survey, over three-quarters of 5,000 employees worldwide expressed a desire to work from home two or more days each week, and more than half desired at least three days of remote work. Surprisingly, the same poll revealed that more than three-quarters of C-suite executives anticipated the average “core” employee to return to work three or more days per week.
Employers will now have to search for flexible solutions for their staff, adopting a more hybrid form of working.
The fact that digital technology will continue to be the pivot of daily life and business is self-evident. It is the reality that advanced technology such as artificial intelligence and automation are now taking center stage. The Future Health Index (FHI) 2021 India Report: ‘A Resilient Future: Healthcare,’ for example, emphasizes an impending trend toward emphasizing remote care, embracing digital health technology, and implementing sustainable healthcare practices. According to the research, virtually all Indian healthcare executives (99 percent) feel that the country’s healthcare policies and programs, such as Ayushman Bharat, are helping to the development of a robust healthcare system.
What about the age-old dread of machines supplanting humans? According to a recent Canadian poll, that is simply a misconception. The study, titled “The Robot Revolution: Managerial and Employment Consequences for Firms,” discovered that, contrary to common assumption, greater automation leads to increased hiring overall. This is because businesses that use robots become so much more productive that they require additional workers to fulfill the increasing demand for output.
Skills of employees
Employees will be given greater freedom as a result of globalization and the rising usage of digitalization and AI. The widespread usage of AI to simplify labor will provide employees with more time to think creatively. It does, however, indicate a shift in abilities and the necessity for people to swiftly learn new talents.
According to BCG, the combination of digital skills demand and demographic trends will place tremendous strain on the labor supply pipeline, resulting in heated competition for talent. As a result, companies may need to shift their recruitment focus from skill to will: because some of the skills required in the future (such as coding computer languages) will most likely be self-taught or lack explicit certification, HR professionals will need to view candidate criteria with a more open mind and embrace diverse curricula.
Finally, no one can predict how the future of work will look, but more and more organizations are discovering the necessity to collect data and analyze what their employees and company requirements are in order to strike the appropriate balance. Of doubt, technology will continue to dominate the future workplace; the problem will be determining the best way to employ it to increase staff motivation and productivity.