The Future of Work in a Digital World

The Digital World is moving at an incredibly fast pace and the way we work combined with the rapid changes in technology dictates that things will be very different in the future.

It is estimated that 65% of children entering primary schools this year will work in roles that don’t currently exist.  The job market is also accelerating with financial, computing and mathematical functions seeing a steep rise by 2020.

The central driver for these transformations is Technology.

According to a study carried out at the University of Oxford, by 2030 almost 50% of the workforce will have been lost to Artificial Intelligence. Innovations such as driverless cars and other sci-fi inspired creations, companies like Google are set to change the way we work, specifically in the transportation and logistics industry. However, Artificial Intelligence is already being implemented in industries you wouldn’t initially expect.

According to a number of reports there are benefits to standing at work, rather than sitting at your desk. Standing Desks can increase productivity by up to 10%, which makes sense given that the rather busy Winston Churchill worked at a standing desk for much of his life. Likewise, at the Facebook headquarters 250 employees use standing desks whilst Google headquarters offers standing desks as part of its employee-wellness program.

Our future place of work might not be an open plan office, but interconnected workspaces not tied to one place, but many. They will be underpinned by virtual conferencing, complete and constant connection and portability. Leveraging big data, like real-time traffic information, could cut journey times, making the school run easier, and the morning commute more manageable. That is, if you have to commute: home-working will no longer be defined as a Friday luxury, but a more efficient way to work enabled by technology, taking the physical strain from megacities and regionalising work locations.

Ensuring the ICT skills of current school leavers are fit for the future is crucial. It means providing incentives for lifelong learning as the pace of technological advancement quickens. And it means reinventing the HR function, equipping it to continually assess and provide for the training needs of employees.

Lastly, we must use every tool within our armoury to ensure the current and future generations are not left behind in the global digital skills race.