Updated: Nov 1, 2021
We think of as our workplace today looks nothing like the workplace some have experienced 20 to 30 years ago. And if I can guarantee you one thing, it will most definitely not look the same in 20 to 30 years either. Whether or not we like it, COVID-19 has accelerated the arrival of the future of work. As automation, AI, and new and adaptive technologies begin to cement their place in a significant portion of companies' daily operations. It will be vital for us to know how to prepare ourselves for this shift in the workplace and how to give ourselves a better chance for success. We have the opportunity to build our workplace back better than before and lay the foundations of the labor market coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic, so let's make the most of it!
One of the most obvious ways we can see the workplace shifting is through remote work opportunities. With tech giants like Twitter and Facebook, allowing their employees to work from home if they so choose indefinitely, it is essential to realize that remote work may be the way of the future. But with being out of the office, it is still important to connect with your coworkers. Send them a message or set up a call with them to check in on them and see how they are adapting. Small actions like this can go a very long way! But now that most of us have already been in a remote work setting for quite some time, it is essential to realize the other areas where the workplace may change. With technology seeming to advance every day, AI and automated technology will inevitably begin to take over the workplace. Some of the mundane tasks that your coworkers once managed may be replaced by computers and their advanced software, which will come at a fraction of the price that a human worker would cost. This can especially be seen in companies where managers and executives try to save money, given the losses they suffered from COVID-19. While it can partially be the company's responsibility to re-train their workers to ensure they can still be of value to their company, most of this will have to be done by the worker. How does someone prepare for this automated workplace? Glad you asked, keep reading!
As millions of jobs are expected to be either phased out or changed in the coming decades, it is essential to find ways to get ahead and stay ahead. One way to do this is through a simple thing that most of us haven't done in years, learning! Now more than ever, it is so easy to find practical and useful courses offered online. Whether it be courses in social media marketing, software engineering, Google Analytics, or even other skills, it is crucial to take advantage of all of these to broaden your skillset. And before you give me the excuse that you don't have any time, remember we are in the middle of a pandemic with no end in sight, so free time is pretty much the only thing that we can rely on having. Also, many universities offer some online certificate courses for free during the pandemic, so make sure to take advantage of it! Another great way to prepare for this future of work is to build your network. If you haven't already, make a LinkedIn account and start connecting with coworkers and friends. Make sure to reach out to people you think could be beneficial for you to know in the future. Send them a straightforward hello, post creative content, or even set up times for calls to engage with your network and get your name out there. While these are only two simple ways to prepare yourself for the future workplace, there are many more than can prove to be beneficial to your future career.
We here at 150birds hope you all are staying safe during COVID-19 and have adapted to your new workplace! Now more than ever, it is essential for us to rely on one another and support each other during these trying times. Make sure to check out our services to see how we can improve your business and book a call to get started with your marketing team.