3 trends that will continue to change how we work in 2018

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself” - Andy Warhol

The Future of Work will dramatically change how we work. We’re already transitioning into this world that presents a level of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity (VUCA). As the year draws to a close, how will this impact us in the short term

Three trends that will become more prevalent in 2018 are:

Agile – Despite Agile originating in the Information Technology sector, non IT companies are getting on the Agile movement. More high profile brands will embark on implementing Agile in 2018.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) – We’re already seeing a form of AI penetrate our everyday lives with Google Home. With rapid technology advancement we can expect to see various business applications in 2018.

Emotional Intelligence (EQ) – Even though there will be greater levels of artificial intelligence, robots and automation, it will be people with a high EQ who’ll stand out as the leaders and potential leaders. EQ is a way to leverage the essence of you.

Disruption in the workplace is amplifying challenges for too many workers who are still not working to their optimum. They’re already barely coping with:

  •         What seems a never-ending high workload
  •         Working long hours
  •         Challenging targets
  •         Insufficient returns for the hours invested

This is why 38.3% of workers find it difficult to switch off from work (Source: Roy Morgan Research). Companies need to get serious about supporting workers unlock their potential via improving personal productivity. By freeing up time to embark on other initiatives, it will complement them instead of taking focus away from them. It will also help workers become more adaptable and versatile to make an impact during times of significant change.

Agile, AI and EQ will all help to improve our workplaces but they're not the total answer when nearly 40% of workers are unable to disconnect sufficiently from work. Imagine the impact on personal performance and company bottom line profit if workers could suddenly achieve outcomes in less time. Get them the productivity help they need.