New technology, like AI, has been both a disruptive and beneficial force in society and the world of work. As such, it’s hard to know how the tech we’re using today will change our lives and work tomorrow. From working in a virtual office to automating tedious, manual tasks, here are insights from executives and HR leaders on what the future holds for work with new technology.
Automation Brings Freedom at a Cost
As we boldly march forward into the future, one cannot help but notice how technology is causing shifts in the way we work. Automation is increasingly becoming the norm, and artificial intelligence and robotics are now easily handling even complex data analysis.
This affords workers the luxury of focusing on higher-level tasks that require more creativity and critical thinking, culminating in the goal of increased workplace efficiency and productivity. Yet, even as we bask in this newfound bliss, it leaves some wondering if the costs of automation outweigh the benefits.
The reality of job displacement has never been more real, causing workers to upskill themselves consistently in order to remain relevant and employable in this rapidly evolving world of technology.
Digital Communication Strategist, DataToBiz
Digital Workspace is the Future of Work
If you are working from home, then you may have experienced loneliness, isolation and awkward online social gatherings with colleagues. You can resolve this problem with a digital workspace, like Bespoke virtual space. It is a 3D office experience in virtual reality. It uses advanced digital twin technology.
Companies can create their digital headquarters, and employees can gather virtually and socialize together. From here, you can host meetings and provide feedback. Likewise, employees can customize their virtual desks, walk out of a conversation and raise their hands. It will make the processes more human.
Many teams are already experimenting with digital workspaces. AR, VR and MR are the prominent technologies used to create such an environment for all the employees of a company. And this is the future of work.
Associate Director of HR and Business, Technource
The Gig Economy Gives People Flexibility and Autonomy
The gig economy refers to a labor market in which temporary, flexible jobs are typical, and companies hire independent contractors or freelancers instead of full-time employees.
Technology has enabled the gig economy by making it easier for individuals to find work and for companies to hire them. Platforms like Uber, Lyft, Airbnb and Upwork connect workers with employers, enabling them to find gigs and work freelance or contract. The gig economy has several implications for the work of the future.
It can give workers greater flexibility and autonomy, allowing them to work when and where they want. It can also enable companies to hire workers more quickly and cost-effectively and to scale their workforce up or down as needed.
President and Co-Founder, Moss Technologies
Technology Automates the Jobs that Nobody Likes to Do
I believe that newer technology automates the administrative aspects of jobs that nobody enjoys doing. Technology will continue to put you in more high-leverage, high-value situations, where your experience and trust-building with another human come into play.
For example, self-driving vehicles. We’ve been hearing about how the automation of driving has been coming for the longest time, about 20 years now. It doesn’t seem like we’re at the cusp of that being 100% universal. Right now, we have displaced drivers because of autonomous trucks.
However, you’ll still need someone to create the technology, broker deals and oversee the operations of the autonomous trucks. We will use technology to improve the way we work, replacing some tasks and jobs, but it will be for the betterment. Hopefully, people can get the skills they need to have the jobs of the future once that technology takes hold.
Founder and CEO, MSH
Video Conferencing Allows for Faster Communication
One of the most notable changes that technology is bringing to our working lives is the increased use of video. Video conferencing and remote communication are becoming increasingly important parts of the workday.
Companies can now communicate more quickly and easily with clients and employees, no matter where they are in the world. Video is being used to allow for more in-depth training and feedback, allowing employees to grow and develop their skills more quickly and efficiently.
With the rise of technology, video communication will become an even more important part of our working lives.
Online Resources Offer Lower Barrier to High-Skill Jobs
One way that technology is changing the work of the future is by creating new opportunities for continuous learning and professional development. Technology is enabling workers to access a wealth of information and resources through online learning platforms, webinars and other digital channels.
Professionals from anywhere in the world can learn from world-class experts or institutions online at a very low cost, making it easier for workers to gain high-level skills.
This will eventually make it easier for organizations worldwide to source high-quality technical talent.
OKR Tools Can Track Organizational Goals
As the future of work progresses, the use of objectives and key results (OKR) tools will become more common, as workers and companies embrace distributed working styles and need to track organizational strategy.
These tools enable teams to share and track goals as well as have a single source of attribution for successes to communicate with leadership.
Powerful Tech Tools Are Advancing the Workforce
One way technology is changing the future of work is through the emergence of powerful tools like GPT-3 technology from OpenAI. This technology has the potential to impact the workforce by creating new job roles, such as prompt engineers, while also potentially making certain career paths obsolete.
AI will soon be collaborators in our respective fields as well, assisting us in daily tasks, research and more. Companies who invest in this technology early on will have a competitive advantage in the marketplace, as we expect the window of opportunity to close within the next year.
It is essential to approach game-changing tech with curiosity and excitement, as this will enable people to step into the future of co-working with AI. Although navigating these changes may feel uncomfortable, the potential for growth and discovery is vast. Individuals and businesses can prepare themselves for success in the years ahead by focusing on understanding this new technology.
President, Voltage Control
Physical Infrastructures Are Almost Unnecessary
Thanks to cloud computing and remote work, businesses are becoming less dependent on physical infrastructure.
As a result, more and more companies are getting rid of their physical database infrastructures.
Cloud computing services are convenient for businesses since they store data securely.
Marco Genaro Palma