Last year in March a group of SAP customers, partners and employees locked themselves up for two days in a meeting room at SAP Labs Palo Alto in order to answer just one question: what will work look like in 2030?
The workshop participants identified a number of dimensions along which the future will most likely be very different from the present: the freedom to choose when we work, where we work and why it matters, the rise – or not – of Free Agents, Millennials, social network and corporations or diversity in the workplace.
Those findings, together with extra research, have now been bundled into a 16-page report that you can now download here for free. We would like to take this opportunity to thank once again all the workshop participants and facilitators without whose collective brainpower this report would never have seen the light of day.
The Future of Work workshop was facilitated by Dr. Tamara Carleton and Dr. William Cockayne from Stanford University’s Foresight and Innovation program. Make sure you do not miss their free playbook to learn more about the methodology used in our Future of Work workshop – which you could use for running similar workshops in your own organization.
The report, titled “Work Fragmented – Work Recombined” explores how different facets of work are undergoing massive transformation under not only the pressure of the digital revolution but also deeper-running economical and societal changes. While it is easy to focus on what is no longer here and long for the world that was, we show how the different parts of what was once work are starting to recombine into a new landscape of work.
While reading the report, keep in mind that this is not an exhaustive collection of trends likely to affect the future of work; neither does it have the ambition to describe the future of work for every industry, culture and model of employment. Our workshop covered a lot of ground, but it definitely did not explore the entire global landscape of work.
So what does YOUR future look like? What did we miss? What did we get wrong? Is the future described in the report already your present? Let us know.