In the next 4 years we will witness the greatest amount of change ever in the world of work. How prepared are you? There are huge implications for our global workforce as technology plays a larger and larger role in the organization.
The average life expectancy of a Fortune 500 organization is just 15 years, so individuals can no longer assume that employment is for life. Business competitors no longer come from within your industry sector; they mostly sprout up and scale at speed to grab huge market share. The hierarchical organization chart that once created vertical career ladders in a functional silo no longer makes sense. This is a major challenge for future organization design. The organization chart of the future is organic and constantly evolving. Work architecture needs to be broken up like Legos and reconfigured into human and machine pieces. Organizations are neither resourced nor ready for such an eventuality.
Start preparing by letting go of the past – something we, as humans, find very hard to do. We like routine, certainty and security. Like Legos, the work pieces will need be broken down and reconfigured for every new business challenge. This will lead to the demise of rigid functional silos and will require agile and cross-functional networked systems that evolve to meet specific customer needs.