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How the World of Work is Changing (Part 2)

Previously, I posted the first 5 of 10 key ways that the nature of work is changing. These predictions pose significant changes in the workplace. Senior leaders and operational managers who fail to adapt to these changing requirements in the workplace place their organizations at risk.

The last 5 key ways that the nature of work is changing are the following:

6.  The ability to work spontaneously will become an advantage. It includes the ability to proactively seek out new opportunities and design new work models.

To remain profitable today, businesses have to actively identify and seek new opportunities. Click To Tweet

7.  The work environment will increasingly require active engagement with virtual environments (similar to some of the technology shown in the film, The Minority Report). Employees will use these virtual technologies to interact and manipulate data and reshape business processes as necessary.

8.  Pattern sensitivity will become more critical to business success. Pattern sensitivity is a current view of the workplace.  It requires detecting emerging business patterns, developing workplace scenarios that identify how the patterns will impact the organization, and developing strategies for proactively exploiting these patterns.

9.  Business leaders and operational managers will work in an environment of hyper connectivity.  This is a complex business environment of formal and informal relationships–none of which are under the complete control of a company’s executives.  The ability to influence others in environments of limited direct control will be even more critical this next decade.

Executives and managers today have less control over their businesses. Informal relationships and social communities outside of the business can affect a company's profitability. Click To Tweet

10.  The virtual workspace will become more common than the dedicated physical workspace. Many employees will find they have “no office real estate” in a physical sense.  The virtual world will be used for meetings, team collaboration, training, etc.  Business professionals will increasingly have to lead and manage virtually.

Business leaders and operational managers will increasingly face a volatile environment where work processes will be less routine and where new skill sets will be needed by all in the organization.  The continuing viability of the business enterprise will depend on the ability of managers and employees to adapt to these changing dynamics.


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Robert Tanner, MBA

Welcome to my leadership blog. I'm the Founder & Principal Consultant of Business Consulting Solutions LLC, a certified practitioner of psychometric assessments, and a former Adjunct Professor of Management. As a leadership professional, I bring 20+ years of real world experience at all levels of management.

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