Key Takeaways From PSFK’s Future Of Work Report

Key Takeaways From PSFK’s Future Of Work Report

PSFK Labs unveils key themes driving change in their Future of Work Report.

Wesley Robison
  • 13 january 2013

The Future Of Work

As we look at the trends in PSFK’s Future of Work report, we see that we are in the midst of a major upheaval in the way that we work.  These changes are marked by the consumerization of IT, increases in worker mobility and the return of the individual within large organizations. Companies need to adopt new ways of working to accommodate the changing behaviors and expectations of their employee base. The good news for businesses is that these social and mobile tools of change are readily accessible. And, when deployed correctly can result in rapid increases in worker satisfaction, creativity and productivity.

The PSFK Labs team has broken down these major changes into five macro-level themes, each supported by trends within the report.

Individuals and employers alike are benefiting from new systems that match talent and opportunity with great specificity. This matchmaking is being driven by a new breed of tools that operate on algorithms developed to identify opportunities for connections, assess the skill sets of individuals and connect like-minded collaborators.

Driving trends: Skills Marketplace, Contextual Rolodex and Quantified Employee

Physical, mobile and web workspaces will be designed to optimize interactions between colleagues, vendors, partners and customers, allowing each party to volunteer their expertise in order to achieve the best possible outcome.

Driving trends: Visual Collaboration, Telepresence and Co-Creation Spaces

The physical and virtual workplace is becoming a more dynamic environment. Walls and fixed-furniture are melting away in favor of modular environments that suit a wide range of activities. And mobile workers are more connected to the homebase than ever, with a wide array of dynamic tools that are being folded into smaller, multifunctional technology packages.

Driving trends: Work(out) place, Fluid Technology and Pop-Up Workplaces

New systems are being developed that allow information to flow across organizations, both between teams and up and down the chain of command. These systems enable collaboration between massive numbers of people in real-time on projects that are ever increasing in their sophistication. And the ease of use tied to their operation is enabling a new class of people to participate in projects that were previously the domain of a small group of experts.

Driving trends: Networked Knowledge, Social Workflow and Feedback Culture

There is a proliferation of online and offline tools that foster ongoing education and experimentation. These digital platforms and physical innovation labs serve to enhance knowledge sharing and shorten the innovation timeline. The benefits of this shift are being felt by workers and companies alike, as they collectively build their knowledge base and find new ways of working together.

Driving trends: Digital Knowledge Update, Learning By Doing, Employee Stakeholders and Career Matchmaking

To learn more about these changes and the trends driving the themes, check out the slideshare summary presentation of PSFK’s Future of Work Report here.

Stay tuned for the next Future of Work sneak peek as we reveal highlights from the full report throughout the month. Catch all the trends, futuristic concepts and expert interviews that you’ve missed here or buy the entire report. Join the conversation and share your ideas about the future of work with the #FoW hashtag on Twitter.

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