WHEN WE THINK ABOUT THE FUTURE OF WORK, ANXIETY INEVITABLY CREEPS IN. WILL OUR ABILITY TO PERFORM SURVIVE THE CONSTANT ONSLAUGHT OF DISTRACTIONS? HOW WILL WE CREATE WORKABLE PROCESSES AND STRUCTURES THAT HAVE A MEANINGFUL IMPACT ON OUR ORGANIZATIONS AND CAREERS? HOW SHOULD WE TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ADVANCES IN AI AND AUTOMATION SO THAT PEOPLE ARE TRAINED AND EMPOWERED TO USE THE UNIQUE SKILLS THAT ONLY HUMANS HAVE? CONTRIBUTOR ALEXANDRA LEVIT
The bottom line? You don’t have to be afraid of the future because you are in the driver’s seat. If you embrace and invest in it today, your adaptability and willingness to take risks will be rewarded with more meaningful work and increased versatility to pursue that work, greater personal and professional freedom, and stronger organizational performance than you ever thought possible.
Mid-21st Century Workforce Challenges
Today’s business world is undoubtedly a complicated one. Many organizations are plagued by ever greater levels of uncertainty and unclear visions and values. We have more data than we can absorb or handle. According to a report from IBM Marketing Cloud, 90 percent of the data in the world has been created in the last two years alone, but we lack effective ways to cope with this overload. A recent Harmon.ie survey found that 74 percent of respondents reported having more than five apps open at once and that knowledge workers are increasingly frustrated because they must pay attention to dozens of applications and data sources.
If you look at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ productivity statistics, you can immediately see the impact. In the last five years, labor productivity in the nonfarm business sector grew by just 0.5 percent annually, compared to two percent to three percent in the decade before the 2008 recession.