The Workforce of the Future: What will it look like in 2025?

The world is under a constant change that has always been hard to chase. As it evolves, everything else does. Meanwhile, the workplace has yet to adapt on the modern changes that are happening every single day. 

In the earlier years, everyone predicted that by 2025, we’d all be travelling on flying cars and robots will be everywhere. It hasn’t happened yet but as technology continues to evolve, maybe sooner or later we will. The same goes with businesses and the workforce who experienced drastic changes because of the same factor. 

By 2025, 75% of the workforce will be Millennials, and much of an organisation’s structure and culture will centre around this generation’s habits and expectations (Forbes, 2019). 

Today we’ll check out a list of contributing factors  that will transform the workforce within the next six years.  

Robots, AI & Cloud Based Systems

We are all aware that Robotics and AI are one of the most advanced tech studies today. In the future, robots are expected to play a huge role in our lives. Their continuous evolution solidifies our technological capabilities. 

Experts emphasise the significant development in different fields of business as they become wary of the idea that is automation and artificial intelligence. These two areas are assumed to open up more opportunities for learning, for both businesses and employees. 

In the next few years, HR departments will migrate to an entirely paperless system. From recruiting to interviewing, everything would be completely digitalised. A printed copy of your CV may no longer be needed, as well as other requirements. Hiring managers will also utilise the use of AI and targeted advertising to tap into a larger talent pool, as this could filter the candidates based on the requirements and qualifications of the job.  

Office space designs 

To accommodate the emerging trends and various changes that the business sector embraces, companies will renovate more of their office spaces, that reflects an open-plan style of working. 

How will workplaces look in regards to differences, between now and 2025?

Equipment – As technology will be the centre of every business process, companies are expected to upgrade their computer units to a more powerful build. That also includes all technologies for the boardroom and meeting rooms which will make conferences more advanced than what we have imagined.

Multi-faceted – According to various interior design experts, the office of the future will be composed of three primary areas: open (an incubator setting), isolated (for individual workspace) and green (a natural habitat of plants and conceptual design that brings nature inside).

Decentralised working & remote / international “flat structured” teams. 

With the emergence of the internet era, and cloud-based, collaborative project management tools such as Google docs, Drive, Slack, Asana and many more, working remotely is becoming more commonplace in most companies. 

With more than 75% of Millennials also entering the workforce, with their driving motivation being freedom & flexibility, working from home, overseas or from a cafe instead of a traditional workplace is something we’re going to be seeing more and more of. 

Also, with the ease of accessibility to talent from anywhere in the world, companies will see an advantage of location being redundant in the search for top team players. 

Leadership in 2025 will be different, and require more skills in managing complexity & ambiguity.

The type of skills leaders will require will drastically change in the coming years to handle the massive shift in processes across all industries, as technology becomes more integrated with traditional job roles.  

This will mean new skills, and proficiency by leaders, with an ability to navigate both the tools & technology humans are using, as well as humans themselves. 

They will need a strong ability to lead with speed and empirical creativity, as industries face rapid development and shorter product cycles, customer lifespans and expired marketing efforts. 

Jobs to Superjobs. 

According to Deloitte Insights, a vast majority of organisations are looking to include or integrate robotics, artificial intelligence, technology and automated systems into their processes and job roles over the next ten years, which will cause a significant disruption to the current workforce. 

Counterintuitively, this will require a complete restructuring and revision of the role of human requirements within the workplace, and the emergence of roles that fundamentally require humans to advance, innovate and lead. 

This will result in a new wave of “superjobs” that require cognitive intelligence and problem solving skills, resulting in turbo-charged productivity / efficiency when humans work in collaboration with technology. 

Ready to embrace the workforce of the future? 

Here are three things you should start doing to be prepared. 

1. Upskill your staff – instead of fearing the implementation of AI and robots to replace actual employees, start training your people on how to utilise their efficiency and skill sets for better output and productivity.

2. Be open-minded –  avoid getting stuck on what you’re used to and be open to all possibilities with a level of healthy curiosity.  Get ready for future changes in the workplace, its practices and start adapting to not be left behind. Take advantage of the  5 Day Culture Experiment to start a productive conversation with your people about creating an award-winning culture. 

3. Ask for advice – if you seem lost and confused by all the fast-paced transformation that’s far from what you’ve become accustomed to, seek advice from someone with proper knowledge on the matter at hand. Get a free consultation with Bespoke HR and empower your most valuable asset, your people.

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