Tech Will Change the Way We Work in Just a Few Years
Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

The way you work will change dramatically in a few years.

Wrike, a company that creates project management software, released a telling infographic that details the future of work and follows the general consensus of experts on tech’s influence on work.

Top trends shaping the future of work include:

Lines Between Home and Office Blur: “Open” offices are poised to become standard. Think of offices where employees do not have assigned desks, can adjust their work area’s immediate lighting and temperature to their preferences, and have their cloud-stored data follow them wherever they choose to work.

Technology Becomes a Strategic Advantage: Companies will implement internal social media for collaboration. Digital assistants such as Siri and Cortana will learn your work habits and help employees boost productivity. Additionally, wearables such as smartwatches will tell a worker when it’s time to take breaks, eat, and what foods to eat for better energy and focus.

A New Management Style,”Holocracy”: A holocracy is a new way of running an organization that removes power from a management hierarchy and distributes it across clear roles. More businesses will retain a small, core group of full-time employees and then taking cues from the sharing/gig economy, will contract out work. With this new management style, workers have more autonomy as well as more input into company operations.

Cultural Intelligence Becomes as Valuable as Tech Skills: Technology has made the world smaller and connected people from the largest cities to the most remote places on the planet. Due to globalization, more businesses will place importance on diversity and the concept of ‘cultural intelligence.’

The Office Will Only Be Used as Collaborative Space: With increasingly variety and advancements in remote tools for work, people will only gather in the office when face-to-face time and collaboration are essential.

Bye-Bye Annual Performance Reviews: Old-school management tactics such as giving yearly performance reviews and micromanaging will die out. Instead, companies will ask employees to set their own goals. Also, businesses will attract new hires with personalized perks such as paid parental leave, loan repayment help, and funding further education.

6 Trends Shaping the Future of Work (Infographic)
Infographic brought to you by Wrike

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Samara Lynn

Samara Lynn is a technology journalist, covering the industry for a decade. Her work appears in The Wirecutter, Tom's Hardware, PC Mag, and other online outlets. She's the author of "Windows Server 2012: Up and Running" and previously worked in the IT industry. She's currently the digital manager at Black Enterprise.


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