Wanna know more about the Future of Work?
Get ready to read the best articles about the future of work from this week.
BIG IDEA: It’s been a few weeks since I began writing about the Future of Work and many of you have asked me what we mean by the Future of Work?
The Future of Work is a very simple concept. First and foremost, it’s a recognized subject that’s been talked about in loads of different ways (books, conferences, and articles) around the world.
The Future of Work is really about all the trends that are changing the structure of the workplace and how we work. My intention is to write about this concept that would cover those topics:
· There’s been a proliferation in the number of freelancers in business: in the 🇺🇸, they now make up 35% of the workforce, according to the ‘Freelancing in America: 2016’ survey.
· An explosion in the number of remote teams, i.e. those not working in a business’s main office, but from home or another location. Here is a fantastic article (in 🇫🇷) written by Laetitia Vitaud about this trend and its stats.
· AI and robots 🤖: the fact that most jobs might be automated in the future. According to McKinsey, in 2055 nearly half of our jobs could be automated.
· Simplification of administration📄: most administrative tasks can now be completed online, such as purchasing insurance for your employees, managing payroll, completing and signing legal documents…
· New types and styles of management🤓: design thinking, lean start-up, agile methodology,…
· New HR practices, such as the ability to gather feedback or data from your employees to reduce staff turnover, but also about ‘employee experience’
· Managing millenials’ 👫 talents. In the 🇺🇸, they are now changing job every 18 months; it used to be every 3 years. This generation has very clear expectations and managing them is a challenge.
· An increase in the number of co-working spaces 🆒. Because companies want to work in a more agile environment, and benefit from all the existing infrastructure (WI-FI, desks, etc.…), companies are setting up their offices in co-working spaces. It’s ‘plug and play’ for companies that do not need to fill any paper or commit for the long-term.
· The arrival of messaging 🗯 and chat facilities in companies, thanks to software like Slack, Microsoft Teams, Workplace by Facebook…These are replacing e-mail and increasing productivity at work.
If you’re working in a start-up or larger company; if you’re a student, employee, manager or CEO and are interested in work and its future, this is for you!
We’ll be featuring managers, CEOs, HR managers, writers, experts… They will share with us their insights into these subjects.
The meaning of life in a world without work (The Guardian): if most of our jobs are automated in the future, what do we do? It talks about the ‘useless class’, but the author also mentions some examples of groups in modern society that do not work and how they deal with it.
Why Barack Obama Is Worried About the Future of Work (Forbes): the first speech from Obama in front of an international audience. He specifically speaks about ‘resistance in technology adoption’ if technology replaces jobs. Very insightful.
Is the gig economy working? (New Yorker): long form article about the gig economy, some concrete examples and its challenges.
Slack Doesn’t Want People Using It for Romance (The Atlantic): Slack has sacked a date bot from its store. Slack doesn’t want to bring too much entertainment in enterprise and wants to stay focus on its mission.
That’s a wrap for this week. Thanks for reading. Please send me any articles you find that you think should be included in this weekly newsletter. I appreciate your feedback as well 🏋🚀😀