With so much uncertainty, and discrepancies in advice from country to country, deciding on a course of action for the future can be a daunting prospect for leaders and business owners. We’ve spoken to some of the leading names in business, remote work and team management from around the world, to get their take on what the future of work looks like, so that you can be prepared for whatever comes your way next.
Ken Herron, CMO of UIB Global - Singapore
“I see a rapid acceleration of two existing trends - remote collaboration and collaboration between humans and artificial intelligence (AI). The crisis has proven to managers that where people are matters less than their ability to collaborate.”
Sabrina Stocker, Entrepreneur and CEO of MyTennisEvents - UK
“I think we need to encourage intrapreneurship. The term intrapreneurship refers to a system which allows an employee to act like an entrepreneur within a company. Many business models may not survive post-crisis unless they adapt to the changing environment. This could be anything from changing their products, becoming more online or finding new uses from their resources.”
Jon Paul Davies, CTO of Wundamail and Co-Founder of Diskette - UK
"The future of work is going to be all about enabling your team to maximise their output- and striking this balance between making sure your team have everything they need to progress, wherever you are, but also minimising interruptions so they can achieve their ‘flow’ and get things done”.
Larry Cornett, Leadership Expert and Career Advisor - USA
“With a transition to remote work and work from home, jobs, wealth, and economic opportunity will be more broadly distributed into smaller communities and formerly-dying cities across the world. You no longer have to "move away from home" to find work, like I did when I was young. This shift won't be easy and it might be painful for some (e.g. those in metropolitan areas), but it is good and long overdue.”
Nicolas Babin, Speaker & Influencer - France
“Professional relationships will be sustainably different. Senior executives and company owners will not hesitate to promote remote working. Long and inefficient meetings will be less likely to happen. New tools will be implemented to allow this change in management.”
Phil Simmonds, Head of Sales for Wundamail and Co-Founder of Diskette - UK
The primary revelation of this lockdown for many is that we do not want to return to conventional life as we know it. We want the freedom to curate our own lives and manage our time to suit our needs. Maintaining a healthy work/life balance is more important than ever, and the lockdown period has finally given people a chance to focus their energy on what matters to them, whether that’s simply having more time to exercise in the day or spending more time with children. Parents want to be able to work full-time and not worry about childcare 24/7 — society demands more than to live merely for the weekend.
Joe Martin, GM and VP of Marketing for CloudApp - USA
“We will see many people choose to shed the big city and big commute for a work life that has more time centered around home. It will create new opportunities and new struggles as office workers and managers learn to adapt. The blended future will be full of opportunities for those who recognize the modern workplace and find ways to hire talented individuals who may not fit the typical box of working in a metro area.”
Tom Pick, Digital Marketing Consultant & Webbiquity Editor - USA
“Vast numbers of professional employees have figured out they can be just as productive working remotely as they are at the office. By eliminating commuting time, they may even be more productive. Their managers have figured that out, too. Significant savings in rent, utilities, coffee and snacks, and office supplies can be realized if employees are working from home.”
Dr Joyce Knudsen, Founder of The ImageMaker, Inc.® Communication Group - USA
“Some people may have found something they love to do from home and decided on taking the entrepreneurial route. People have seen the value of spending more time with their children and begin to count how much they can save on gas, lunch, baby sitters and acceptable clothing for the workplace.”
Megan Jerrard, Journalist, Founder & Senior Editor of MappingMegan - Australia
“Employees are reaping the benefits of a better work life balance, while saving time and money from this arrangement, and perhaps even find they're even more productive without the distractions of traditional office politics. I have no doubt that the future of work post crisis will see many industries and companies make a permanent transition to embracing remote work lifestyles, or at least offer the flexibility to do so.”
Erica Sosna, CEO of Career Matters - UK
“I think our common humanity has been truly highlighted through this experience. We do need to re-evaluate making workplaces more human and more flexible, for those with caring responsibilities or for all of our health and wellbeing. Many of us will be reconsidering what matters most and how we can work in a field that suits us better and where we can make a positive contribution to the world.”
Chanelle Zackey, National Marketing Director for Ferrari South Africa - South Africa
“Set personal targets for yourself and develop a plan that works for you and your circumstance. Stay connected with your loved ones and colleagues. As humans we need to maintain our sense of belonging in this challenging time.
Rich Parsons, Independent Speaker and Founder of Higher Calling Consulting LLC - USA
“Now if there’s a business that is still searching for their new foundation, I believe that it really comes down to the ability to pivot. I know that’s a kind of the new buzzword these days but it really makes sense because a pivot is a really hard change. It has to be something that is a definite move. It can’t just be a little shift.
A pivot is something that is going to provide a new direction, and for those who are able to make that firm change in how they handle their daily activities and what they offer to customers, they’re going to see the positive outcomes of that.
Hailley Griffis, Head of PR at Buffer - USA
“I think that post-crisis the future of work is a lot more flexible and more asynchronous, and it has no choice but to be because whilst people have been experiencing a lot more working from home organisations have had to adapt to be more flexible because that’s one of their only options. There’s fewer reasons to be in person somewhere now people know that they can do everything online.