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ABOUT THIS REPORT
150 Page Report
16 Trends described within 4 Macro Themes
64 Best In Class Manifestations of Change At Work
12 Future Work illustrated concepts
Reactions by executives from leading organizations
Supporting stats and research references
80 Recommended ‘Next Steps’
The company of the future will be constantly changing form to efficiently take advantage of the opportunities presented in an
ever-shifting marketplace. As a result, the place, tools and systems of work will change and five larger themes will emerge:
ON DEMAND STAFFING
The skills and availability of employees and freelancers will be matched by an
algorithm against the company’s changing needs.
Physical, mobile and web workspace will be designed to ensure critical interaction
between colleagues, vendors, partners and customers.
With the flick of a switch, furniture and software will adapt to the changing needs of
Information will flow across and up-and-down the organization constantly;
instantly accessible by anyone who needs it.
Employee empowered education will help staff own the direction
of the company.
Digital Knowledge Update
Learning By Doing
FUTURE OF WORK SUMMARY
The following summary presentation of the Future of Work report outlines the four major areas
of change taking place, showcasing examples from each of the four trends within the
overarching major themes listed below.
Digital Knowledge Updates
Learning By Doing
LEARNING BY DOING
A collaborative, startup mentality is being adopted by workers
and organizations that allows for new ways to learn.
Multidisciplinary teams made up of people with diverse
experiences are allowing participants to teach each other and
learn at the same time.
Startup School Merges Mentorship, On The Job Learning
And Classroom Instruction
Badges and visual cues are helping to call out proven talent
and skills to help distinguish capable individuals.
Online Badges Depict Informal And Soft Skills
Mozilla Open Badges
Infographic Tool Transforms Media Profiles Into Visual,
Web-based Graphical Biographies
Systems are leveraging social and contextual information to
help better match companies and talent for deeper
connections that create lasting value.
Team-Building Matchmaker Helps Entrepreneurs
Find Suitable Business Partners
Internal Social Network To Match Employers Needs
With Worker Mobility
Services borne out of the e-learning revolution are
enabling workers to stay up to date with the cutting edge
skills necessary to operate the latest, most sophisticated
technology on the market.
Company-Wide Learning Program Connects
Co-Workers To Keep Them Updated
Software Plug-In Updates Users on Complicated Programs
And Sharpens Skills
Micro-communication tools and open feedback channels are
helping to foster more constructive communication and reveal
Service Lets Workers Send Anonymous Feedback To
Real-Time Suggestion Box Connects Managers With
Collaboration initiatives are providing a collective expertise of
a diverse workforce creating an on-demand resource and
Layered Into Training Programs, Social Learning Improves
Learning Retention And Progress
Social Knowledge Platform Facilitates Knowledge Transfer,
Builds Expertise-Based Reputations
THE QUANTIFIED EMPLOYEE
Talent management tools that leverage big data are revealing
hidden metrics tied to employee value.
Workers Rank Their Peers To Reveal Value To The Company
Hidden Talent Revealed Within Companies By Social
Flat management organizations are empowering workers to
manage their work with greater autonomy and choose how
their time may best be spent.
Management Reframed As Mentors,
Encouraging Workers To Deliver Great Work
Team Members Self-Select How They Will Fit Into Each Project
Cloud services are enabling team members to
simultaneously edit, comment upon and review an
ever-growing variety of assets.
Cross-Organizational Social Tool Enhances Collaboration
In The Project-By-Project Economy
Social Network For Doctors Improves
New address book applications are helping to create deeper
connection by providing contextual reminders and prompting
worthwhile connections between co-workers.
Address Book Supplemented With Social Data
For More Informed Interactions
Proximity Based Service Alerts Users Of Potential Clients
And Contacts Who Are Nearby
Cloud services are enabling team members to simultaneously edit,
comment upon and review an ever-growing variety of assets.
Company Creates Google Docs For Engineering,
Design and Architectural Programs
Public Noticeboard Lets Everyone Share And
Discuss Ideas Virtually
Technologies are helping employees interact remotely with
co-workers and objects stationed anywhere in the world.
Haptic Remote Robots Will Let People ‘Physically’
Be Anywhere In The World
Collaborative spaces have spawned labs for initial ideas to be
tested and further inform innovation.
Crowdsourced Product Developers
Open An Advanced Lab For All
Co-working Space Fuels Foodies And Collaborators With
Menu Of Cooking Tools
Compact technology continues to proliferate, further aiding
workers with the completion of tasks while on-the-go.
Modular Smartphone Could Replace Computer And Tablet
Keyboard Projects Key Onto Any Surface And
Fits On Your Keychain
CTX Virtual Keyboard
Furniture and office designs are becoming increasingly
flexible to meet the ever changing demands of the workplace.
Colorful, Sound Absorbing Booths Give Users
Privacy In Public Spaces
Mobile Workstations Roll Around To Find The Best Place To Work
Health-conscious designs are promoting physical activity to
overcome the sedentary nature of desk work and increase
focus and productivity.
Upright Furniture Line Positions Workers Between
Sitting And Standing
Focal Upright Desk
Treadmill Workstations Mix Walking With Working
TrekDesk Tredmill Desk
ENVISIONING THE FUTURE
In order to bring to life the Future of Work, PSFK Labs challenged creative
agencies from around the world to generate product and service concepts
that leverage the trends identified within this report. Creative innovators
from advertising agencies, interior design companies, digital design
companies and innovation groups have put forth a vision of the future that
will hopefully inspire your thinking.
Live With Design
PSFK Labs is the consulting arm of daily
ideas site PSFK.com. We are a a trends-led
business innovation company that provides
its clients with ideas and inspiration. Our
trends research helps companies evolve their
products, services and marketing
communications to meet the changing
behaviors and expectations of their clientele.
We employ a unique methodology to deliver
trends research, together with future-forward
business concepts and user-case scenarios
to a client list that includes American
Express, BMW, Microsoft, Target and Pepsi.
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