A New Age of “Power to the People”
In many ways, the integration of mobile into the workplace marked the end of the traditional, centralized office structure. Prior to the mobile era, all the tools needed for productivity lived in a fixed location, so business needed all of their people in the same place, at the same time. Once those tools grew legs, however, all bets were off. Managers realized people could be just as productive, if not more so, with just a laptop and a smart phone, so “remote work availability” started appearing on career benefits pages. The shift had begun, and employees embraced the newfound flexibility with gusto.
Roughly a decade later, what started as a “perk” is now viewed as a necessary requirement to attract top-tier talent. In fact, a recent study conducted by Fuze reveals just how willing modern employees are to leave their job in favor of an opportunity that offers greater flexibility. Of those polled, 54 percent of employees in Fuze’s upcoming Workforce Futures survey said they’d leave their job, and 40 percent stated they’d even take on a great workload in order to gain flexibility. This is a tremendous amount of emphasis to place on a single facet of the workplace experience. It reflects the new lens through which people view work: not as a place one goes but something one does. Unbound from the traditional workspace, employees see no reason why professional and personal lives can’t complement each other. Flexibility to choose when and where they work is the new symbol of employee empowerment.
The direct impact mobile is having on the employee experience is also shaping wider perceptions on technology’s role in supporting the modern worker. Specifically, next-generation tools like artificial intelligence. While some experts estimate that AI and other automation capabilities are primed to eliminate more than 800 jobs by 2030 – employees are still excited about the possibilities. Workforce Futures showed that 58 percent of employees believe that AI and automation will have a positive impact on their job, freeing them up to do more interesting work. Furthermore, 65 percent look forward to the automation of manual, repetitive tasks. The modern worker has already seen first-hand the benefits technology has in improving and powering their workstyle, and further advancements are being embraced as a natural extension of tech’s role in bettering the workplace.
The future of work is increasingly influenced by shifting attitudes towards the workplace experience. Technology is handing new power to employees as they take greater ownership of productivity, and their contributions to the wider organization. On Wednesday, May 16, at UC Expo 2018 in London, I’ll be sitting down with Workforce Innovation Expert, Sophie Wade, to discuss the changing nature of work, and the role of technology in my session Workforce Futures: Unlocking the Human Potential. I hope to see you there!
Want to connect with me in the meantime? Find me on Twitter @micflash or join the ongoing conversation @Fuze.