One thing is obvious, it will look totally different than today. The workplace progressed unrecognizably in the last 100, 50 and even 10 years. And it keeps changing accordingly. According to the futurists who share their predictions about the future, it will be totally different why, where, when, and how we work.
The fundamentals of work
It is foreseen that automation will eliminate the leftovers of the industrial revolution like standardized working hours and traditional hierarchies. It will be more similar to pre-industrial working conditions with community-oriented work structures.
The replacement of the human labor force
Constant progress will make technology more complex and affordable. Eventually, it will lead to labor market changes: the human force will be replaced by robotics. This means that humans will get the work roles that require more creativity to solve problems that computers can’t.
Human potential is not truly fulfilled in today’s working environment. One change the future will certainly bring is that individuals’ abilities and performance will be maximized. So, standard office working schedules, inflexible hierarchies, even retirement will look totally different.
Retirement will disappear
Most likely retirement will be replaced with breaks which will ensure a sustainable lifestyle and avoid burn outs in order for employees to last longer. Moreover, it will enable us to reorient and change the qualification since the common working boundaries will fade. It should help enjoy our lives more.
Taking over the physical tasks, machines will allow people to concentrate on their passions and pursue a more meaningful carriers.
Instead of employing an individual to execute a specific function, employers will be concentrating on creating efficient 8-10 people teams that assure a required innovation level. Moreover, AI’s tools will help determine the corresponding size of groups and select the best candidates to ensure maximum efficiency and quality regarding their abilities within a certain industry. Nevertheless, the whole team will be involved in the recruitment process because it will define itself as a collective power.
Changes and stigmas
It is predictable that the number of female workers keep increasing gradually until the 22ndcentury and eventually will become dominant. However, the gender pay gap will not get better. As it seems, at least for the upcoming 217 years. This change is more culture related rather than technology and working culture impact.
Working fewer hours
Work/life balance will impact a need of proper time off, accordingly – less work. It will be common knowledge that a good rest pays back in shaping an effective employee. Always-on working standards will be eliminated and a workweek will drop to 30 hours by the year 2100.
Technology is extremely interesting for current generations: it has appeared at a specific moment of their life. Speaking about future generations, it will be a very casual thing that will not seem so extremely attractive. For this reason, future generations will seek for a balance.
Leadership will be defined as motivation
Since the future is going to be empower an aspiration of a meaningful career, thus leadership will be strongly associated with motivation. In addition, it is believed that the leaders will naturally arise from the group. Leaders will not be defined as managers, who have a hierarchical power to control and supervise, anymore.
Since these are only possible scenarios of our future, there still is a chance that most working habits might remain or simply slightly evolve. It is possible that people will not be able to refuse structured environment or disregard given directions.
The transmission from one type of working habit to another one takes at least one generation to fully accomplish. Additionally, it also causes some side effects to the labor force and can provoke unforeseen consequences.