With 1 in 3 of the UK workforce quoting flexible working as their top employer attribute, businesses must respond accordingly to attract the best talent.
Forget the debates of the past like the issues of working in open-plan offices; we are now turning our attention to a whole new set of concerns. With more people working from home, how do we deal with the problems of noise, distraction, indoor-air quality, and lack of mobility when often ‘work’ is no longer an actual place?
Once the likely domain of ‘creatives’ and freelancers, the new home ‘office’ requires organisations to increasingly depend on an individual’s ability to effectively communicate with their virtual team from a distance.
The concept of a static ‘job description’ is also fading fast. The workers of the future are already thinking about income security, not necessarily job security. Many people are building varied portfolios of work, rather than relying on a single income. This can work in favour of both the business and the employee.
If an employee is thinking “What skills do I need?” instead of “What role will I have for the next 10 years?” then they are constantly motivated to improve themselves and their skill set in order to try to stay at the top of their game.
Businesses benefit by being able to identify the skills they need for the project at hand and having the means to assemble the best talent possible to achieve the best results. Their workers are very open to developing and improving, and more realistic about what would once have been considered ‘outside’ people being used for collaboration.
The future is likely to involve lots of one person companies, where the work is taken to the worker, rather than the worker to the work, with everything operating very differently when we no longer need to commute. The changing way we work will impact all aspects of business, including staff development and IT costs.
The Sharing Economy (a socio-economic ecosystem built around the sharing of human and physical resources) is one to watch. Its concept is one of shared creation, production, distribution, trade and consumption of goods and services by different people and organisations.
Watch this space…!
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*Figures from Jobsite survey