Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

The Future of Work

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

The Future of Work

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What will work look like in the future? I've identified five trends. Firstly, there's the changing demographic. By 2020, we're going to have five generations of people at work at the same time - each with a different attitude to work and to the technology we use.

The next trend I call the Death of Dolly. This is about the disappearance of '9 to 5' as in the Dolly Parton song. The concept of working 9-5 is disappearing fast thanks to globalisation and the prevalence of smartphones.

Thirdly, technologies like the cloud are untethering us from our offices. We're moving from laptops to smartphones to wearable devices.

The question is - does this mean that physical offices will only be known as the places where employees come to socialise about work, but not to actually do any work? The next trend is the Death of Distance. …

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