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Future of the Workplace by Mind Map: Future of the Workplace
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Future of the Workplace

Technology

Robots

Redefining jobs in the manufacturing and telecommunications industries.

Internet

Increase in internet-based companies creates no need for offices and creates more home-based work opportunities.

Cloud Computing, Companies will begin to use cloud computing to store files/data. This supports mobility as what used to be stored locally on one's hard disk and had to be emailed around can now be accessed by all employees online.

Teleconferencing

Increased internet speeds make teleconferencing highly likely. Supports people working from home, overseas, practically anywhere where there is internet access.

Lower company costs as there is no need to hire meeting rooms or rent offices.

Smartphones/PDAs

Builds on flexibility whereby workers can be assigned jobs whilst out of the office. Employees can also complete work and teleconference using smartphones.

Jobs like auditing, which use paper as their primary recording utensil will move to handheld devices with programs to easily enter data.

IT Sector

Rapid increase in jobs in IT due to new jobs being created daily by software companies, basically internet companies.

Manual Labour

Rapid decrease in jobs in the manual labour sector due to the introduction of robots and a steady move to the IT sector. Men move from traditional jobs to office jobs.

Location

Home

The internet will most likely eradicate the need for offices, for communication will be done via teleconferencing and other web-based activities. With cloud computing data can be stored online, and with other web-based programs employees can work on projects together in real-time. As a result, most jobs will be able to be performed at home and work streamed to bosses when necessary.

Small Offices

Due to the benefits of the internet (file transfers, cloud computing), the need for many companies to rent large buildings as office space will be unnecessary, for employees will be able to communicate via the means of teleconferencing and smartphones.

Management

Planning

Business goals will be constantly changing as new technology is introduced and businesses try to expand into different sectors.

As the cost of starting a business becomes less due to technology and the like, pressure will be placed on businesses to be proactive and work closely with consumers to achieve business goals.

Organising

Organising financial, human and material resources will be mostly done using computer software. This allows organisation to be faster as computers can process information much faster than humans.

Co-ordinating activites and responsibilities will be done in a database, as this enables easier tracking of jobs and organising events.

Leading

Company executives and managers will move from the traditional call-into-the-office method of leading individuals to the likes of teleconferencing. Teleconferencing reduces company costs and allows for employees to easily communicate with their boss wherever they have internet access and the required software.

Managers will also have to be open-minded in that they can easily adapt to and manage change, confidently lead their team and encourage teamwork.

Controlling

Monitoring performance levels of individuals will move from the usual manager's report to more of a team-based report. The report will assess individuals on their ability to work within their team and achieve desired objectives, as well as including a report from each team member on the success of each other.

Recruitment

Casual Employees

Many more casual employees as more workers want flexibility so they can handle work with raising a family.

Businesses want flexibility in that they can call employees in when the business high and not have to pay anyone when business is low.

Freelance Workers

The internet and changing workplace has led to an influx in freelance workers and jobs. Businesses may choose to hire a single worker to do a one-off job (i.e. writing a report), thus they don't need to formally employ someone and generally pay a fraction of the cost.

Demographics

Ageing population

Companies retain older workers due to their skill and knowledge, and because there aren't many younger workers seeking employment.

The number of older workers in the workforce, however, will become less each year as younger, skilled workers enter the workforce. These younger workers have the ability to learn quickly and use technology.

No Unskilled Workers

Lower participation rate of younger people without qualifications in the workforce due to lack of knowledge and skills.

Employees

Flexibility

No longer will employees work the traditional 9-5 days. Instead, employees will push for flexible hours in order to manage family and other activities.

Work

Work will be done mostly via the use of computer software. The amount of work done on paper will significantly reduce.

Out-of-the-office

Many employees won't need to be in the office (if there is one) to do there job, for most tasks will be completed using computers and online resources.