The five workplace disruptors: Hindsight is 2020

By Lars Hyland

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No matter how quickly we thought the workplace was changing, nothing can compare to the seismic shift experienced in 2020.

The events of 2020, triggered by the global COVID-19 pandemic, turned the traditional workplace on its head. Overnight, most office-based roles became remote, and millions of workers worldwide were furloughed while organizations and governments figured out how to tackle the fast-changing crisis.

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But these workplace disruptors were nothing new. There has been an increasing shift away from the traditional 9-5 office job towards distributed workforces and working from home - a process accelerated by the global pandemic. In 2000, just 3.3% of US workers worked from home, while in mid-2020, this figure had dramatically increased to 42% - and this doesn’t even include the significant proportion of self-employed workers.

This isn’t a short-term challenge. Kate Lister, the President of Global Workplace Analytics, estimates that 25-30% of us will continue to work from home as part of the “new normal.” In fact, in a survey by Perry Timms, just 1% of workers want to fully return to the office, with 57% preferring to switch to an 80% remote, 20% in-office model.

“We’ve seen two years’ worth of digital transformation in two months.”
-Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft

It’s not just about remote working. There are several other key workplace disruptors to consider:

  • We’re all grappling with complex, ever-evolving technology ecosystems to stay connected and collaborative. 
  • Many organizations are struggling for ways to support blended workforces, comprising full-time, part-time, freelance and casual workers. 
  • There’s the rapid change in general that we’re all navigating, and the need to do that quickly and efficiently. 
  • Then, there’s the skills gap - which is rapidly becoming more of a skills chasm - that needs to be filled with workers who are now ill-equipped with outdated, irrelevant skills.

In these times of enormous upheaval, it’s natural that we’re all wondering how change will affect us in the short and longer term. Our brand-new ebook explores the five biggest workplace disruptors that organizations are facing today, and how you can rise to the challenge of increasing uncertainty that comes with a fast-changing world. Download the full ebook today, or stay tuned for our next post where we will delve into our first disruptor: remote working.

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