Today, intellectuals and skilled professionals don't want to work in offices or outdated, cramped cubicle spaces of the past anymore. Welcome to the digital age and a supersonic speed of change taking place in the recruitment world.
Boundaryless and free individual orientation work Model
• The thought of the future is that people will be looking more towards freelancing, start-ups and independent collaborations.
• We are already starting to observe a change in the way people live and work today.
• People are already finding new ways to work and play while still keeping up with their professional development.
• The rise of the freelancing lifestyle means that even people fresh out of school desire a different kind of working world.
• Where before, a new graduate would join an entry-level job and stick to it for many years before rising through the ranks.
• Education has levelled the playing field so that the relatively younger people more qualified through the blessings of higher education.
• This has given rise to a vast network of freelancers, consultants, start-ups and contract “employment.”
• Together with freelancing, there is a growing start-up culture that has risen in the past decade among the youth.
• The fact is that, despite witnessing the failures of many start-ups in recent years, venture capitalists are willing to invest in bright young kids and their entrepreneurial ideas fresh out of college.
• Which points to the trend that such start-up culture, contrary to earlier speculations is very much here to stay.
Success stories of starting up for Mavericks in mind
• Numerous successful stories like those of OYO, OLA, Snapdeal and PayTM, link to a future where start-ups will not only survive but also thrive.
• What this means for the recruiters of tomorrow is that the workplaces of future will have to design with these maverick players in mind.
Future need for designer world space
• The kind of environment these independent collaborators will design and prefer to work in will be vastly different from the cubicles of yesteryear.
• In our fathers and grandfathers’ generation, it was rare, if not unheard of to switch one’s career midway through their working career, let alone every few years.
• Today, someone is maybe a lawyer, and then in the matter of a few years, they may change their profession, retrain and go back to become a best-selling author.
Both vertical and horizontal mobility in today's workforce is
palpable and real.
• They have come about because of more choices in work and education spheres.
• Today, most Millennial’s are in a particular position or profession because they choose to be there, and not out of socioeconomic necessity.
• They want to be the designers of their lifestyle, and while they may be prepared to work hard, the work will done on their terms and turf.
• Still, how does the recruiter do his or her job in a market where finicky workers feel entitled to choose the parts of the job that they like, and are continually searching for a pay scale that they think they deserve?
• For starters, there needs to be more exploration of the changing times, like what millennial want and how recruiters can deliver such flexibility.
• More and more such people will be there in the future that will skip from one job to another job in search of the “ideal” workplace.
• A worker in his/her career span will end up having a lot more professions under his/her belt than we see today.
• A lawyer today may retrain to be a coder tomorrow.
• The concept of “money being a driving force” will be diminished.
Engagement and fulfillment
will be the new recruiting currency.
• More collaboration will emerge where people work together. More inclusive models will come into practice when it comes to new-age workplaces.
• We already know that social media is ushering in an era of unprecedented connectivity and opportunity.
Social Media Platform a need, not luxury?
• Conventionally, recruiters would hire people via advertisements or job portals.
• Today, recruiters still use these methods, but they have a substantial social media arsenal as well to back themselves up.
• LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter, all these are excellent resources, but there is a disconnection somewhere.
• Use of media technology in recruitment, training and human resource management will mean that more and more people will be recruited regardless of their physical location.
• More people will be signed; especially those who have a tapestry of skills rather than those who have just one or two qualifications.
• More of those will recruit who prefer to “live” rather than have two compartments to their living experience, work, and personal life.
• In fact, the work-life balance idea itself will be thrown out of the window, because work and life will slowly blend into one seamless whole.
• For many, time will no longer be boxed or segmented around your working day.
• So, the whole concept of 9 to 5 workday will change.
• We are already seeing this change with the rise of work-from-home gigs, virtual assistants, and remotely stationed project managers.
Embrace changes of global scale or die:-
• Vast demographic, economic, and cultural shifts are taking hold worldwide.
• The global workforce is undergoing a radical metamorphosis.
• New digital players are dominating the global economic scene, and are influencing old hiring constructs.
• For recruiters of tomorrow, designing the hiring process to fit global appeal is essential to stay agile and relevant across a worldwide workforce, because the recruiters with the furthest reach end up being the ones with the deepest pockets.
• All these changes sound great in theory, but practically, what would a truly “global” “futuristic “workplace look like?
Designing a global workplace
• Will it be a souped-up traditional office setting on steroids- with gym, spa and food facilities?
• Will it be a co-working space of the future, where independent experts can come together under one roof that provides all the facilities and scope of a modern office, but without the red-tape and procedural trappings of a traditional workplace?
• Will people work exclusively virtually from the cliché laptop on the beach to working on an airplane?
• The “concrete look” of tomorrow’s workplace may be up for speculation, but the following five pillars will provide the basic “framework” of tomorrow’s global workplaces:
Choices driving decisions
• Today, people are vying for more choices in their workplaces. Employers and recruiters need to focus on user experiences when designing such workspaces.
• A dynamic balance needs to seek between productive work and rejuvenating leisure, all within the workplace.
• Mobility also matters when we are talking about choice.
• If any employee feels that they are going to be tied down and handcuffed to a position they may not like later, they are less willing to commit.
• Leaving doors open and having internal hiring systems that allow employees to move between their areas of expertise is prudent into today's choice-driven world, especially when we put so much into training an employee during on-boarding.
A Holistic approach
• The future of work is also the future of living. Communities that support collaboration and entrepreneurship will be the ones to attract the top talent and drive innovation.
• Whether this is provided by an organizational setup, such as that at Google or by a co-working community, what matters is that employees are given maximum exposure and are learning from one another so that a stable team is built from within.
• This keeps employees loyal to the cause not just as a job but as a way of life. Workplaces will be designed with this in mind, and will also incorporate shared interest groups, healthy living practices as well as well-being services so that employees can stay physically, mentally, emotionally and most important intellectually healthy and thriving so they can contribute more as workers.
Roping in a new generation
• We have already discussed how Millennial’s are changing the hierarchy of organizational culture and entrepreneurship.
• To attract this new generation of workers, office spaces and workspaces will have to be designed innovatively.
• The workplace may be remote or local. However, it needs to reflect the culture, the values and the needs of the next generation.
• A lot of offices such as social media mogul Facebook have designed with multiple uses in mind.
• There are spaces to complete formal work but also spaces to work casually, such as an in-house barista to discuss innovative ideas over coffee.
• These multi-pronged spaces will be the "offices" of the future.
The future lies in collaboration
• Strange, as this transition maybe, the future of workplaces will be a hybrid of digital and office environments.
• What is essential is to create a collaborative situation where there are multiple channels of communication between key stakeholders, and that they can keep everybody accountable in a flexible working system.
• Going forward with the way that the world is evolving today, there will be many micro-niches and super-specialized professionals, which mean that there will be a greater need for collaboration.
• Whether collaboration is digital, in-person or a combination of both, the active and productive partnership will be of the essence, especially in environments where physical presence is limited.
• While digital resources and technologies are significant, the old norms and accountabilities are rapidly changing, leaving many people in a lurch due to lack of face-to-face communication and concrete milestones.
• We need to focus on the use of technology with a touch of humanity. Collaborative workspaces will help us find the understanding of the technology so that we may channelize the digital world to our working needs, and not be slaves to it.