End Of Headquarters
– The future of work has very little need for fancy headquarters.
In a Nutshell
Trends have always been around. Some of them go on to become undeniable truths, while others eventually fade into oblivion. However, that’s not the point. The point is, only the vigilant among us learn to spot the trends that are poised to become tomorrow’s realities. The rest of us, continue doing what we’ve been doing, sometimes out of sheer force of habit.
For instance, consider the trends that predict how people will work in the future. Several studies have predicted that we might lose between five to 10 million jobs by 2020, thanks to artificial intelligence and other technological advances. While there’s no denying that people will continue to be essential to organizations, companies of the future are bound to be different. More diverse, global, agile and boundaryless, to be specific.
Organizations and the work they do will be structured differently; they will have an increasingly on-demand workforce, comprising freelancers, contract employees and remote workers. Technology will make it possible to erase geographical boundaries and enable people to work from any place and across time zones. Rather than working for one single company at a time, people will begin to form networks of talent that get together on a per-project basis; disband at the end of the project and regroup into a different network over a different project. And, people will increasingly set their own hours too, prioritizing quality of life.
Most, if not all, of these trends seem capable of becoming future realities. In that case, organizations and leaders need to start thinking about how they fit in within this new digital work landscape and plan for changes that are emerging. It’s hardly the time to focus on building the world’s next fanciest headquarters.