The workplace is constantly changing and ever evolving, nothing remains the same and especially during the past two decades, the workplace has had to come to terms with major changes. More traditional jobs are left in the past and the workplace is now in demand for people with internet and computer skills.
And it’s not just the jobs that are changing, the workplace culture is also different. People are no longer discriminated against because of their gender or their sexual preferences, or at least they are not supposed to be – although the gender pay gap is still very much alive – and the distance between management and employees is shrinking in the workplace. Considering all this, it’s only natural to assume that by the year 2050 the workplace will be very different.
1. Management Will Be Deconstructed
More and more companies have begun to understand that the more layers of management there are in place, the more difficult it becomes to create a positive company culture. Companies have now begun appreciating the need to make their employees feel involved and engaged with their work, so they have come to realize that decisions in the company should be made collectively.
By the year 2050, management will only be there to approve budgets and such, and decisions will be made through employee-manager collaboration in order to improve performance.
2. A.I Will Have Invaded the Workplace
As technology progresses and new breakthroughs are made on a daily basis, it’s only natural to anticipate the introduction of robots in the workplace. Not in a Battlestar Galactica sense – no, Cylons will not invade the workplace to replace humans – but lots of jobs that are more closely related to automation will be done by robots.
Robots will not be able to replace humans in less automated industries because the critical mind, the creativity and innovation of the human spirit will always be irreplaceable.
3. Everyone Will Work From Home
Over the past decade, lots of companies have embraced the concept of remote workers. Many companies allow their employees to occasionally work remotely, and this trend is expected to rise over the following years. Employers are beginning to recognize that there’s no need for their employees to physically be in the same space in order for their work to get done and since infrastructure is costly there’s no reason to invest in it if the same amount of work can be done from home.
We expect that holograms will be available by then in any app store, and you’ll be able to have hologram meetings with your boss on a daily basis.
4. Everyone Will Job Hop
Millennials are already job-hopping from job to job. They expect more from their employers and if they can find something bigger and better they won’t hesitate to switch jobs. By the year 2050, this will be the norm. Employers will realize that to attract the best talent they’ll need to offer better things, this will attract employees to a new workplace every so often.
5. Retirement Will No Longer Be an Option
Even today lots of people work well after their retirement doing freelance work, but by the year 2050, the concept of retirement will have already been dissolved. Medical advancements will help people be healthier and feel more energized so there will be no need for people to stop working.
Changes in the workplace can seem intimidating because our human nature makes us feel threatened by anything that is unknown. However, not all changes are negative, and perhaps we’ll all feel happier in the workplace of tomorrow.