What does the future of work in 2023 look like? To explore this question, Fuji Xerox has divided the future of work into three focus areas: the future worker, the future workplace and future work processes.
We will dive deeper into each of these concepts through a series of blog posts. This post focuses on the future worker.
What will the future worker do?
This is the million-dollar question. There is a great deal of discussion about the Gig Economy, specialised contracts, evolving work models and artificial intelligence taking over the workplace (if not the world!). But is this picture of future workers as short-term, specialised humanoids accurate, and will it happen by 2023?
We have found that only part of the picture is accurate. The future worker will be more adaptable with a variety of skills, including proven creative and strategic thinking and strong emotional intelligence. The future worker is also more likely to be self-employed and contract to perform short term tasks.
The Gig economy: fuelling the future worker
A Gig economy is an environment where temporary positions are common and organisations contract with independent workers for short-term engagements. The Gig economy enables people to outsource their skills across the globe, expanding their job-hunting horizons beyond known borders and industries. The Gig economy is already a reality for many workers and policies are being tested every day.
An interesting by-product of the Gig economy appears to be the ongoing retraining Gig workers undertake, with the World Economic Forum estimating 55% of Freelancers have reskilled within the last 6 months compared to only 30% of other kinds of workers.
Changing skills in the workplace
Not only will working styles change (Gig versus permanent, long term employment), but the skills required appear to be changing.
A recent survey by Victoria University reflected the growth industries in terms of numbers of jobs. Many of the roles shown below appear to be difficult to automate which may explain the bullish growth predictions.
However, as our future of technology section shows, not all job roles will enjoy as much growth and automation may occur faster, deeper and wider than some studies anticipate.
Will today’s worker lose their job?
Today there is a growing concern about whether there will be enough jobs for workers, given potential automation.
History would suggest such fears may be unfounded: over time, labour markets adjust to changes in demand for workers from technological disruptions.
The World Economic Forum concurs with this view. McKinsey has identified job categories with the highest percentage job growth net of automation, these include roles such as those in healthcare, professional services, education, creative arts and builders.
McKinsey has created an interactive graphic, which provides more detail on which industries will be affected: https://www.mckinsey.com/global-themes/future-of-organizations-and-work/what-the-future-of-work-will-mean-for-jobs-skills-and-wages .
How Fuji Xerox can help?
The transition to future worker practices is not going to be one smooth process. It will take time, and different organisations will propel themselves into the future at different paces. With digital transformations already in progress and a new generation entering the workforce, organisations are being forced to start setting themselves up for a successful future, now.
The future needs technology which is easy and adaptable to support future worker requirements, something Fuji Xerox is focused on by enhancing the technology we use today and preparing for the possibilities of tomorrow.
To read Fuji Xerox’s recent whitepaper on the future of work, titled Co-Work or No Work: The realities of the future of work, visit our website https://www.fujixerox.com.au/en/Co-Work-or-No-Work-Whitepaper