It has been said that you can’t predict the future, but that’s not entirely true. The past informs the present, and the present informs the future. If you pay close attention to the trends you see today, they may point you toward what lies ahead.
When it comes to the future of work in particular, current trends are shaping up to drive a level of change we haven’t seen since the days of Henry Ford. Let’s take a closer look:
Will Flexible Work Become the Default?
By 2030, employers may be facing a global shortage of 85.2 million skilled workers. Good people are no doubt hard to find — but they are out there. They just might not be near your office. And that’s actually okay.
Work is becoming increasingly flexible, and gig workers are expected to account for more than half of the workforce in 2020 — and 80 percent by 2030. To attract the talent they need, companies will have to embrace the change and enable flexible work models, including gig, contract, and remote work.
According to a recent online survey from the Centre of Economics and Business Research, adopting flexible work models allows companies to go where the talent is and bring people on board as needed to unlock innovation, engage customers, and move business forward. Flexibility allows employers to tap traditionally off-limits talent sources, like the “home force” — people who left their jobs to care for children or aging relatives — or retired baby boomers who would be willing to a put a few hours in each week. Motivated by such benefits, many companies will begin to shift away from traditional employment models and prioritize flexible work. Read more here…