Since the age of the printing press, advancements in technology have changed the nature of work and the workforce. That is as true today as it was hundreds of years ago.
The following trends indicate how the workplace will morph in the next several years. By 2020, many of the institutions that have held up the economy may be all but gone due to the advantages that our changing technologies have given the workplace and the workforce. Here’s a look at five of those trends.
Working from home
According to an article in Forbes, a full 41% of workers will work from their own home base rather than from their company’s office in the future. Ninety-two percent of those workers are millennials.
Part of this trend has to do with the proliferation of the sharing economy. Many more people now turn to the digital world to earn extra money in their spare time. An article on PewInternet.org suggests that at least 8% of Americans earned money from an online job in 2015. Eighteen percent did so by selling items on some sort of online marketplace or other similar platform.
However, some simply want to work at home because they don’t like the separation between their work and home lives. They value this freedom so much that they’re willing to take less money in exchange for the right to work at home.
Alternative tech cities
It might be every techie’s dream to work in San Francisco or in Silicon Valley, but the sad reality is, the cost of living is simply too high for many. But that doesn’t mean a tech career is out of reach.
ABODO recently put together a list of cities that offer excellent tech jobs while also allowing workers to make a comfortable living. These lesser-known tech cities have been rated as good places to live in based upon a number of factors, including the number of startups, rent and house prices, salaries, and others.
On the list are Phoenix, Dallas, Atlanta, and Portland, where typical salaries range from the low 70’s to the low 90’s.
Companies will compete for qualified workers
Once upon a time, would-be employees had to try to woo potential employers. They’d cross all the “T’s” and dot all the “I’s,” and still keep their fingers crossed in hopes of getting the job they wanted.
But according to Cloud Peeps, this trend is changing. Now, in an effort to get top people in their industries, it’s the companies that are doing the wooing.
A 2013 article in the U.S. News and World Report highlighted this problem, explaining that by 2020, there will be a lack of qualified workers. These much-needed workers—about five million of them, according to estimates—will be better-educated and will work in industries like tech and government.
Companies will recruit based on results
It’s not all bad news for those who don’t have degrees, however. Forbes points out that many smaller companies search online profiles to find the talent they need to fill positions.
The key is to show via your online persona that you have what a particular company needs, paving the way for your blog or Facebook page to replace a traditional resume, at least for some industries.
Work becomes a game
For a generation that grew up playing video games, work has become all about the game. The gamification of the workforce encourages the kind of interaction well-known by video gamers, according to Forbes.
And gaming is not just for the workforce. Customers expect to play too, and some of the most successful customer outreach programs involve gaming and social media. For example, the marketing plan for “The Hunger Games” movie franchise involved gaming, according to a New York Times article. The plan included a YouTube channel, Facebook and Twitter posts, and even games for the iPhone.
The work landscape is changing rapidly, largely due to the changes in technology. Workers can expect more freedom and more high-quality work environments. Dallas, Denver and other locations may become well-known tech cities, and the workforce as well as the general public may become gamified. The companies that can keep up with these demands will enjoy an advantage in the marketplace.
For more insight on how technology is changing the workplace, see Taking A Look At The Workplace Of 2017 And Beyond.