The nature of work is changing, and employees must learn to navigate the evolving space. Many workers are dissatisfied with their current job; in fact, 32 percent of knowledge workers quit because they were not allowed to work remotely. Additionally, 61 percent of workers would switch positions for the opportunity to work from home, and 100 percent of workers between the ages of 18 and 24 report the same sentiment. Due to remote work’s flexibility, 91 percent of people are happier working remotely with improved savings, increased time for family, and enhanced overall morale.
Thus, jobs and workplaces will change to adjust to the changing needs of employees. The physical workspace will be less popular as flexible options allow employees to work anywhere. Smaller organizations will flourish and avoid the cost of bigger businesses. Moreover, work will be largely team-based, where everyone can be a leader. With an evolving emphasis on wellness, perks prioritizing comfort will increase. Similarly, digital tools and smart assistants may help organize tasks. An executive role concerned with maintaining company culture may be created. Workers across different groups and locations will share ideas and brainstorm, while informal get-togethers for employees will take place online or even use virtual reality and headsets.
As artificial intelligence and technology take over more aspects of work, creativity and human relationships will become key to successful careers. Therefore, top skills for jobs or the future include visualizing data, cognitive flexibility, negotiation, people management, emotional intelligence, creativity and innovation, and complex problem solving.
The fastest growing occupations include home health aides, restaurant cooks, software developers, fast food workers, and general managers. Food servers, registered nurses, material movers, order fillers, and market research analysts and marketing specialists similarly are expected to see continual increase. How will you prepare for the jobs of the future?