As a self-proclaimed workplace futurist I get asked all the time “What will the future of work really look like?” And it’s an appropriate question to contemplate at the end of the year, which is always filled with both looking back and looking forward.
But rather than pretend that I can tell you anything definitive about the future of work, instead I want to offer some observations about why predictions of any kind are difficult, and could even be dangerous.
At home my wife and I have a “simplistic” refrigerator magnet that keeps us on our toes:
Think about it; each of us creates the future one moment at a time, one day at a time, every day.
The future unfolds as a global group exercise in decision-making, learning, and responding to other people and external events. Each day and every event comes into being as a complex combination of natural occurrences, millions of
individual choices, and secondary responses to
what has just happened.
Of course there are many recurring patterns and experiences that we can anticipate reasonably well even 10 or 20 years in advance. The American humorist Mark Twain reportedly once said “History may not repeat itself, but it rhymes.” Read more