BIG BROTHER STYLE EMPLOYEE MONITORING

27 Apr

The average workplace is changing in lots of ways, but fear not, because executive coach Dean Williams has some advice for what you can do to prepare.


While we may not be taking a hover car or teleporting to work any time soon, the office environment itself is rapidly changing. Ongoing advancements in technology, artificial intelligence and robots mean that in the near future, the workplace will be hardly recognisable from what we know today.

In this brave new world, it will be more important than ever before for employees to learn new skills and excel as a leader if they want to progress rather than become as obsolete as the typewriter.
Award-winning executive coach Dean Williams, author of Thrive: How to Achieve and Sustain High-level Career Success, reveals the five biggest ways the workplace will change and what you can do to prepare.

THE OFFICE WILL BE THE SMARTEST EMPLOYEE

Good news. Drab and dreary workspaces will soon be replaced by smart offices: inviting and healthy workspaces with flexible high-tech working areas which encourage creativity and collaboration.
In a smart office, the lift will instinctively take you to the correct floor, your computer station will sense your arrival, and the conference room will be ready for your meeting.
When it’s too sunny, shade will automatically be provided, and the environment will be closely controlled to suit each individual, so arguments about keeping the windows open will be a thing of the past.

EXECS WILL HAVE TO BE MASTERS OF ALL TO CLIMB CAREER LATTICE

The days of climbing a career “ladder” are over – it’s becoming more like a ‘lattice’ with promotion resembling a zig-zag rather than straight arrow upwards.

It means staff will increasingly be expected to know much more about an overall business rather than specialize as is traditional, and collaborative working, hotdesking and switching teams are going to become the norm.
This is actually a good thing. For motivated employees, this revolution means they can scrap a rigid path to promotion and instead follow their own personalised route, branching out into other areas that may interest them, all the time learning new skills which are attractive to employers.

EMPLOYEES WILL BE MONITORED 24/7, EVEN OUTSIDE THE OFFICE

Welcome to the world of Big Brother, where staff monitoring is no longer limited to when you punch in and punch out but follows your every move 24/7! The rise of wearable tracking devices such as Jawbone and Fitbit has allowed companies to find ways of snooping on their employees’ fitness and health levels wherever they are.

In the future, it’s going to take more than a bag of mints to stop bosses knowing you were partying until 2am the night before as they will have records of your sleep pattern and fatigue levels.
Scarily, monitoring is already with us. BP America introduced Fitbit bracelets to 24,500 employees in 2015 as part of an incentive programme to keep workers healthy and reduce healthcare costs.
By next year it’s estimated that more than 13million tracking devices will be part of worker wellness schemes, and close to two million employees will be required to wear health-and-fitness trackers as a condition of employment.

YOUR COLLEAGUES MAY BE AUTOMATED

Already in some parts of the globe, robots are working alongside humans, mainly in the social care, nursing and medical sectors. But it’s inevitable that they will also become a fixture of the office, with some studies predicting that over the next two decades, 35 per cent of UK jobs could be susceptible to automation.

Soon, describing a colleague as ‘a machine’ might become the literal truth.

The best way to avoid being replaced by a bot is to focus on careers involving managing and developing people, planning or creative work. It is the repetitive, physical work that robots are most capable of replicating.

RETIREMENT WILL BE A THING OF THE PAST

The age that Brits can receive their pension is already been pushed back. From December 2018, it will increase to 66 for both men and women, and to 67 by 2028. This is mainly because the UK, like other nations, has an increasingly aged population and a funding shortfall. Already, America has banned mandatory retirement ages in the private sector, but working for longer is not necessarily bad news.

It provides more time to build savings for the twilight years; it keeps people active, and the increased experience could lead to a greater chance of reaching the top of the employment chain.

Those most at risk will be workers who fail to keep up with the latest technology and training so it pays to continue developing skills if you want to thrive both now and in your later years.


Thrive, How To Achieve and Sustain High-level Career Success by Dean Williams is out now – buy it here

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