3 things about the future you’ll want to know now

LeadershipEver wonder what the world of work will look like in 2022?

Do-do-do-do. Do-do-do-do (Think Twilight Zone theme here.)

Well, wonder no more.

The consultants at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC have done the work for you in a newly released study.

And to hear them tell it, well, you don’t need my interpretation. Their words are far more compelling:

Tremendous forces are radically reshaping the world of work as we know it. (Take a deep breathe). Disruptive innovations are creating new industries and business models and destroying old ones. (Breathe again). New technologies, data analytics and social networks are having a huge impact on how we communicate, collaborate and work. (Just one more). Many of the roles and job titles of tomorrow will be ones we’ve not even thought of yet.”

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Who’d a-thunk it!!

This report takes you on a journey to far-out reaches of 2022, and explores how the changing business landscape will impact your people management strategy.

What path will you take?

Oh, and one other thing. From here on out, all station wagons will have wood on the side.

So, I’m not sold on the fact that employees themselves will change much in the next eight years. They will remain difficult, entitled, over-confident, self absorbed, demanding or even extraordinarily special and talented.

Even in 2022, if you want a great and lasting organization, you are going to have to develop the people who comprise it. That’s not likely to change.

Meantime, here are some specifics of where PwC says we are headed. It’s fascinating, really:

Finding #1: Employers will take a Big Brother approach to employee personal lives and health.  The current push by companies to get employees to live healthier will grow exponentially and get far more invasive.

Many employers will try to monitor their people – inside and outside the office – like “lab rats.” As the study puts it: “The monitoring may even stretch into private lives in an extension of today’s drug tests.” The report did note that the degree of monitoring would likely be dictated by the amount of worker push back.

Finding #2: Pay-for-performance will become a more exacting science.  By 2022, the study predicted that employers will use all manner of data-mining techniques to create performance profiles for individuals based on hundreds of pieces of data. (Editors note: This should play right into the hands of equal pay and bias lawsuits, don’t you think?)

Finding #3: Independent contractors will replace full-time employees.  The report said an increasing number of “traditionalists” will adjust to what PwC calls a “portfolio career” and benefit in a number of ways. (You’ll have to click the link and make sense of this yourself.)

So, if nothing can change the shape of things to come, where do you see things headed in the next decade?

Tell me, tell me in the comments section.

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