Is the Future of Work, the Death of the Career?

Posted by Flux on 

1 January 2013


We are crossing the threshold into a new world order. Tried and tested templates of business are either coming to the end of a natural cycle, or are proving glaringly inappropriate for a changing world. If technology has altered social dynamics, it is doing the same thing to businesses across all industries. You either adapt, or simply become irrelevant.

One of the benefits of technology is the ability to work where you want and when you want. It has also provided entrepreneurs the platform to start up small businesses: quicker and easier than ever before. The protracted economic downturn has, ironically, spawned a new breed of entrepreneurs while giving corporate companies a window of opportunity to restructure their  operations, and therefore their workforce, as well as reassess their management styles.

A new generation is also entering the workplace, and with it they bring a fresh perspective and a completely new attitude to work/life balance – usually at odds with the soon-to-retire top management (the “silverbacks” as one young worker so eloquently put it).
We have reached a crossroads where it is not the new workforce that must fit in with the old, but rather the old guard having to adapt to a brave new world.

New jobs are being invented as new technologies are adopted. How we want to work and where & when we work is becoming more flexible and fluid. Even the timelines and boundaries of when you learn and when you retire have blurred.

Whichever way you look at it, the idea of “one career for life” is fast becoming a relic of the 20th century, as is the concept of working 9 to 5. In the future, asking someone “So what do you do?” becomes a loaded question. Shouldn’t you start thinking about that now?

This presentation looks at the future of work from the following angles:

  • How the traditional template of “learn, work, retire” is being challenged,and how it is already proving to be unsuitable for a fast evolving, new world order.
  • How the mindset of the young workforce is forcing corporate companies to rethink and adapt, not only their HR policies but also the company’s operational structure.
  • Understanding who the new workforce is, what they want and how to best harness this new approach for optimal productivity.
  • New workspaces: the death of the “cubical nation” and the birth of transient workspaces.
  • How technology has revolutionised the way in which we can work, and the impact this is going to have on company structures and operations.

This presentation is a must for any business grappling with the changes taking place in the workplace as well as with their workforce. It explores new ways to boost productivity, recruit and retain a forward-thinking workforce and most importantly, leave obsolete systems behind.

Looking at Trends as a Business Strategy.

If you are interested in booking this presentation for your team or clients please contact Bethea Clayton on or +27764539405

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