Mirror Mirror on the Wall…What’s the Future of Work for Us All..??

About five months ago I migrated to the area the world synonymously calls  ‘The Technology Capital of the World’ – The Silicon Valley, United States of America. I worked in India and the UK for 5 yrs within the HR Systems and Technology field and was termed tech savvy by most professionals..but that was till I landed in the Silicon Valley. From being termed fairly techno savvy, I soon began to realize that I was a technology novice in this part of the world – oblivious of the wikis, twitters, zoho systems my fellow classmates at Berkeley were so familiar with.
Last week, while sipping coffee, I decided to take a break from the daily humdrum of everyday life  to  do  some crystal ball gaze  into the future. Reading articles and cover stories enumerating  a shattered employment landscape, I mustered the optimism and enthusiasm to regard impending  obstacles as opportunities for some interesting scenic detours.
To begin on a positive note on how our workplace has been rapidly changing …think about the massive popularity of facebook and twitter which didn’t exist 10 yrs before. Ten years before that, we didn’t have the Web. So who knows what the future would bring for us  in a decade from now?
The TIME magazine cover story captioned ‘Future of Work’ written by Steven Gottlieb / Getty and Rosabeth Moss Kanter’s article on ‘Deloitte & Touche (B): Changing the Workplace’ is perhaps most apt for this crystal ball gazing exercise. I was most influenced by 3 emerging trends  elaborated by the 2 thought leaders.
The first trend which highlighted a probable scenario in which we will see a more flexible, more freelance, more collaborative and far less secure work world.  The second trend states with a certain degree of conviction that  the organizations of tomorrow would be run by a generation with new values , ethics— and women will increasingly be at the controls. Last but not the least, success would tilt towards  potentially lucrative positions other than Wall Street that prize young minds who are both technological savvy and have an analytical bent of mind.
Although I have briefly touched these trends in this article, this article was meant to give a heads-up on some of the trends I would be elaborating on in my future blog spots.
1. Future of Work: Steven Gottlieb / Getty, TIME Magazine, May 25, 2009
2. Deloitte & Touche (B): Changing the Workplace:Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Jane Roessner, Sep 28, 1999

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