As we sit here today the future of work may seem unclear with ever changing technology, tighter job markets (with the war for talent ever increasing) and skills gaps in many professions, what will the future look like and are organisations _ in particular HR departments _ truly prepared?
Based on the present landscape, the desire for speed, automation and augmented experiences, here the 10 key trends from Deloitte research that organisations should take note of and prepare for:
1. Learning to Learn, Unlearn and Relearn: Change presupposes adaptation. With the larger environment and its smaller moving parts undergoing digital and technological tectonic shifts, is it not a surprise that professionals across the globe perceive learning as the most important trend to prepare for.
2. Driving Employee Experience: We live experientially. The employee experience is not limited to the technological interfaces alone – every interaction that an employee has with the organization right from the stage of candidacy to when the employee leaves or retires.
3. Talent Mobility v/s Stagnation and Complacency: In order to engage employees long-term, there needs to be a culture that fights career stagnation and role immobility. This holds especially true in an ecosystem with a rising alternative workforce.
4. The Evolution of Leadership: With the work, worker and workplace changing, leaders and styles of leadership need to evolve as well. Redesigned managerial structures and the universal culture of agility, the kind of leaders that organizations need and want has changed.
5. Faster, Better, Simpler HR Technology: With AI and ML making inroads into core and subsidiary HR functions, the future demands better integration.
6. Creativity, Collaboration, and Communication: The future of work demands that organizations invest in creating a culture where creativity thrives, collaboration is facilitated and communication is encouraged.
7. From Wellness to Happiness at Work: the importance of mental and emotional health at work is gaining increasing traction and not without reason. The trend of creating a healthier and happier workforce is actively guiding organizational decisions.
8. The Rise of “Superjobs”: jobs evolving to superjobs that set the context for skill-development, basic processes and our understanding of them.
9. A Treasure Trove of Data: Businesses of the near-future need to mine intelligently to deep-dive into a ready, on-demand pool of information to make better decisions, create happier workplaces and lead to greater business success.
10. Winning with diversity: shift from having a laundry list for diversity and inclusion (DI) initiatives to more meaningful and actionable plans that could actually make a difference.
The future of work, veiled behind a shroud of uncertainty, a flurry of dynamic change and a cloud of digital leaps, appears often to be mysterious. The fact that work, as we know it has and is continuing to change and be redefined, is no debate. But what do these changes mean for the modern workplace?