[Trends 2016] The Future of Work

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2016 will be a blast. But challenging. We think you’ll agree that organizations are under increasing pressure to deliver value to their customers, achieve perfect results and ensure that their teams are motivated.

But as technology continues to evolve, there is continued promise of productivity gains.

As technology evolves, so does our work practises. Here’s three trends that are set to change the way we work.

Agile working

A mega trend that will continue to gain ground is lean and agile working – delivering the same or more value to customers while minimizing waste as well as reacting to uncertain and changing realities. This trend is gaining increased traction because people are starting to realize they need to work in a more efficient way to increase productivity. Not only this, but because they like this method as they feel more empowered and in control in their jobs.

It begun in the software industry, but nowadays teams in sectors from healthcare to finance have adopted these principles to continually deliver more value, adapt, solve real problems and act quickly. The common experience is that all of this contributes to a better bottom line.

Mobility

charge-productivityShifting demographics and cross-organizational trends are changing the way we work and it’s important for leadership to recognize this. Many employees don’t sit in the same office anymore and need to share information and communicate globally in order to achieve their goals.

Mobile working has continued to grow as a trend, presenting a number of benefits. The development is supported from private companies and legislators alike. It enables organizations to choose anyone to be a part of their team creating more qualified workforces as there is no longer the restriction of location. At the same time, it will continue to impact families on the positive side as people are enabled to work from home and from a distance meaning there is less of a need to compromise on their family life, resulting in a workforce that is less stressed and more motivated. Pretty fantastic. Technology is supporting this trend which will be mainstream in the coming years.

Bi-modal – not just IT’s business?

Bi-modal IT, according to Gartner, is the practice of managing two separate, coherent modes of IT delivery, one that is focused on stability and the other on agility and business development. This is a fast moving technique, but has been in practise in some organizations for years. Especially interesting is if this model is applied outside of IT. Some might argue that organizations today are already being divided by providers of stability and infrastructure, and teams driving the business forward. It can also be applied to the way we work by combining traditional planning with agile execution.

Organizations might consider reviewing themselves in the light of bi-modality if they want to deliver a higher flow of value more constantly. What are the stabilizers and what are the drivers in your organization for 2016?

For a project manager, there are opportunities to adopt a bi-modal approach by joining projects and traditional resource planning with agile execution on the team level. More on resource management for PM’s here.

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