To be prepared for the future, you have to understand it. Our workforce of the future study looks at four possible scenarios for the future world of work.
Read the full article at: www.pwc.com
Workforce of the future – Part 1
2030? Are you kidding me? I’m still having a hard time believing we are the down slope of 2017 and that almost two decades of the 21st century have passed. Thank goodness, some people make it their business to seriously think about the future. Since 2007, the folks at PwC have been thinking about it, and specifically, how we will work in 2030. Ten years of research, thought and collaboration went into this article. And it’s a good one – easy to read but difficult to grasp the possible implications.
Smart leaders won’t be put off by the difficulty or the complexity of the 2030 world as PwC describes it. The roots of tomorrow are grown from today’s seeds. Today’s advances in technology / artificial intelligence (AI), the growing influence of social media, and shifts in climate, economies, and demographics, to name a few, combine to shape our future reality. We can’t stop the progression, but we can try to understand and prepare for it.
Even if we’re closer to applying for Social Security than college acceptance, and it’s doubtful we’ll be working in 2030, the relevance of this piece is not diluted. By envisioning the workplace, the authors also envision the world it operates in. This has meaning for all of us – ourselves, our children, their children and, even, their children. It determines how we live, learn and work.
The title describes the main premise of the article – that competing forces will shape the future and that the workplace of 2030 likely will be a combination of all of them. The article identifies two overarching push-and-pull forces:
- “Fairness and equity” vs. “‘Me first’ rules” – consumer preferences and how we work
- “Small is powerful” vs. “big business rules all” – business models
The article then describes the four possible and different worlds that may exist in the quadrants created when these opposite forces are placed on an x / y axis:
- Yellow World – “Humans come first”
- Red World – “Innovation rules”
- Green World – “Companies care”
- Blue World – “Corporate is king”
This article is filled with goodies – descriptions of the four worlds, a list of five megatrends, advice for leaders and individuals, and trips through events in the imaginary timeline to 2030. The article also gives interesting poll results, one of which is that 70% (out of 8,459 working people in the general populations of China, Germany, India, the UK and the US) “would consider using treatments to enhance their brain and body if this improved employment prospects in the future.” Hmmm. That is interesting.
This is a great read – for leaders, for workers, for anyone interested contemplating beyond next year. The article offers an array of food for thought, ranging from light snacks to full seven-course meals.
Contact us and we can help you sort through the possibilities to determine how best to approach planning for your company’s future.