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Are You Ready For The Future?


Changes in technology and the internet are having a profound effect on the world of work. Current trends affecting the workplace include more flexible working, remote working, shared working, changing work patterns, the merging of disciplines, less job security and less public spending.


Workplaces are becoming more fluid and flexible, as businesses respond to global demand and employ less people in a greater range of locations for shorter periods of time.

Contract work, co-working, shift-work, short-term working, on-site working, off-site working and zero hour contracts are all becoming more common, as companies reduce the number of permanent employees.

The use of digital technology is increasing the amount of information we produce and creating demand for people with the skills to analyse data and find meaning in our everyday habits.

The collection and analysis of data driven by the growth of the digital economy is creating new businesses, new business models and whole new industries.

The effect of the new economy on traditional manufacturing jobs is already creating opportunities for the return of jobs from overseas locations for the first time in decades.

The increased use of robots and robotics is serving to merge previously separate functions and create new jobs and new careers in a range of previously unimagined areas and disciplines.

People with high-value skills are looking for more family friendly and flexible work environments and demanding greater levels of work-life balance, as employers compete for their services.

There is, however, an increase in the number of people suffering from a lack of opportunity, as job insecurity and unemployment grows for those without the high-value skills companies seek.

The number of older people, women and people from different cultures in the workplace is growing with the resultant effect of a more multi-gender, multi-generational, multi-cultured and diverse workforce.

The effects of globalisation are increasing the level of competition from people in emerging countries, as demand for raw materials and natural resources reach unprecedented levels.

The increasing level of competition is forcing businesses to collaborate and develop more partnerships and co-working arrangements to access the people and skills they need.

In the midst of such rapid and significant change governments have to reduce spending; not least, as a way to plan for the health and pension needs of an ageing population.

SO, at a time of uncertainty and change one thing is clear: it’s time to get ready for a new future.

What do you think?

Are you ready for the future?

I look forward to your comments.

Nicholas O’Sheil
About the Author

Nicholas O’Sheil

I have worked throughout Europe, most recently in Turkey to advise on the development of an enterprise network. I am a member of the Institute of Directors, a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and have received the Queen’s Award for outstanding contribution to enterprise in 2008.

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