The future of work is here. What can you do about it? -

The future of work is here. What can you do about it?

We use amazing technologies to connect, build remote teams, be location independent, tele-commute and work from a beach in Thailand or Bali.

The millennial generation is taking over, shaping the work culture and the office of the future, changing jobs more often than gadgets.

The coworking concept is rapidly expanding everywhere in the world.

Hierarchies are getting flatter and authority now needs to be earned, not taken for granted. Many people each of us personally knows will lose their jobs to automation, robots, artificial intelligence over the next few decades.

Work will never be the same.

Inspired by a comment on my previous article, I figured we’d discuss next what can we do about it.

It turns out we have three main options, like with everything else that’s changing, really:

  • Reject it
  • Embrace it
  • Create the next version of it

1. Reject it

This will be just about as efficient as the postmen going on strike against Gmail.

Metaphors aside, there are multiple organizations that can and will survive for a few more years without any significant change, for various reasons. Just like how, for e.g., traditional phone services will hold their own for a little more before succumbing to the likes of Skype, Whatsapp, Google Hangouts, etc. Powerful monopolies, the amount of time needed to affect real change in some industries, baby boomers and gen Z still a big part of the workforce, are all contributing to this.

But generally, those who won’t try to at least acknowledge the changes currently underway, and tweak accordingly, will be made irrelevant in the foreseeable future.

So, if this option is the one you’re going for, cash in while it lasts.

2. Embrace it

Take the time to understand what’s happening. Attend events, read, network, listen. Be open. Times of change are extremely rich in opportunities for those who don’t hold on to the past.

Build your business to take advantage of it

Read more about how to do it as an entrepreneur here.

Build your career to take advantage of it

Read more about how to do it as an employee here.

Don’t go into a dying industry.

It doesn’t matter how clever you are, going into a dying industry is really hard. Unless you’re at the disruptive element of it. If your job is going to be taken by robots, make sure you’re the person learning to code the robots, rather than the person whose job those bots will be pinching.

3. Create the next version of it

The slate is clean here and the world is your oyster. If you’re a visionary giving it some thought, I want to hear from you, stalk your social media and pick your brain.

So, what will you do about it?

More on who I am and what I think about the future of work here.*global financial capital has more than tripled over the past three decades and now stands at roughly 10 times global GDP.

Lavinia Iosub

Managing Partner at Livit, #futureofwork enthusiast
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