The change in the world of work is accelerating. It is moving from industrial age to digital age. The era of working in comfort zone for years together is over. Complexities with uncertainty are the DNA of future workplace and workforce. Organizations that do not adapt, do not read writing on the wall, do not challenge the status quo will be made irrelevant by time.
The workplace of next decade will be transformed by confluence of disruptive forces. Transformation will be generational and cultural. As the technology and information blast has made the world flatter, so will be the workplace. To survive and excel in business, organizations will need to be agile, innovative and demonstrate sustainable practices. The workplace will be comprised of blended workforce with more intensity than of today. There will be nothing like permanent employment. Temps, contractual and outsourced employees will govern the work dynamics where the conflicts will set to rise. Knowledge economy will change the employer employee relationship pattern. At present in industrial sector already the contractual workforce is replacing the permanent kind of workers with speed. It has already occupied the space by about 50%. It is going to increase more. There would be a major shift in expectations of this kind of workforce in the next decade. Organizations will need to develop innovative strategies to keep workplace away from conflicts and manage their fast growing expectations. They would be asking more and more share in business profits.
Technology, hyper connectivity culture, social media, skill deficit and agile working will rule the workplace of next decade. Embracing information technology to the benefit of organization and workforce will be a challenge. Organizations will be requiring the leaders with mindset of managing business and workforce not with yesterday logic but with exploring exciting opportunities and changed thought process. The leadership styles will have to be more collaborative and less authoritarian so that conflicts are minimized. Management will need to reorient itself. Leadership of the organizations have to ensure that status and influence of a person in the organizational hierarchy should correspond to contribution rather than position.
Depicting future is very risky and difficult but at the same time one has to prepare based on current and familiar trends. It becomes probable future. Imponderable future which comes from future events and social economic changes is difficult to predict. BM cover feature on workplace of next decade primarily addresses the probable but also ventures in to imponderable area. We do not attempt to capture every trend but rather to illuminate many of the points currently being discussed. Experts, futurists and management practitioners provide an overview of the subject which is being conversed globally. Rajeev Dubey, Praveen Sinha, Smita Dash Sahoo, Dr. Virendra P. Singh, Githanjali Pannikar, Nalin Kumar Thakur, Rati Diwan, Rashi Mahato, Deepa Chadha, Raghvendra K. have shared their thoughts on the topic .
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Business Manager :: HR Magazine
1st August 2013 From India, Delhi