Elena Méndez Díaz-Villabella
The future workplace will be multi-generational, with four generations working side-by-side. Traditional notions of hierarchy and seniority will become less important. The skills for leading and managing the 4G workforce, and for facilitating collaboration across multiple generations and their values, will be in increasing demand.
The shrinking middle will challenge the workforce. Jobs which have traditionally occupied the middle of the skills hierarchy and earnings range, such as white collar administrative roles and skilled / semi-skilled blue collar roles, are declining at a significant rate due to changes in work organisation driven by technology and globalisation.
Entrepreneurism as a lifestyle. The desire for more flexibility is not confined to business.
Demographic factors, family care responsibilities, and a search for a better work life balance increase individual demands for more flexibility. Individuals pursue “micropreneurial” approaches that offer earnings potential, often alongside more conventional modes of employment.
What if employers had the upper hand in structuring contractual conditions to meet their specific needs? If zero-hour contracts, and similar flexible arrangements, became the norm, what would the labour market of 2030 look like?
A new organizational paradigm sees companies increasingly defined as “Network orchestrators”. The skills and resources they can connect to, through activities like crowdsourcing, become more important than the skills and resources they own.
Entrepreneur trying things out in a more fluid, risk-friendly and open-source approach to testing new products.
They launch ideas in 'beta' model and wouldn't spend time planning like the traditional entrepreneur. If they wanted to do a restaurant, they would do a pop-up.