There isn’t any question that the future of work will be about consistent change—a state of flux, if you will. While change can cause anxiety, it can also produce meaningful and positive results. Automation, robotics, and AI will offer more productivity, vast opportunities for economic growth, better safety protocols, and convenience. When companies can perform their tasks faster, they become better able to address the unique needs of their target customers.
According to a McKinsey study of younger individuals across nine countries, educational systems have yet to keep pace with addressing skills gaps. In addition, the study found that 40 percent of employers stated that skills gaps were the reason for the increasing number of job vacancies. Yet, these skills gaps weren’t just in STEM areas—there were also gaps for soft skills such as teamwork and communication.
Here are a few of the key trends:
While many of these changes will prove exciting, they won’t come without a few challenges. Let’s take a look at those now.