Changing work also require changes to working methods. We asked two top experts for tips for success in the future.
Cristina Andersson, business coach
“The greatest single change affecting how we work is robotisation. Creative work will become more common, and it will be more common for manual work to be carried out by robots. Routine work will disappear and, in the future, there will be more demand for creativity and interpersonal skills.
In the future, people who are capable of attaining new skills and learning new things will be the ones to succeed. I like to talk about the bohemian human, who is capable of mind-blowing ideas.
The bohemian human is not an affirmation addict requiring constant endorsement from others. They have the courage to think in their own ways, questioning traditions and rules.
The work space plays an important part in developing bohemian thinking. Technology in the premises must be ubiquitous, everywhere. If the facilities are used by a service company, the lead-times must be short and the space must be inspiring. Work gets done and people feel comfortable, but they can also quickly move on to their own business. The premises must be designed in a bohemian way, to make them comfortable.”
Lauri Järvilehto, work philosopher
“As much as 35–50 per cent of current professions and job descriptions will disappear in the next few years. This is an incredible societal change.
In this world, success requires you to constantly update your skills. This mindset should be internalised by everyone, and people should be guided towards it already during school and later education.
Life-long learning is just not enough. We need life-wide learning, i.e. the habit of learning something new every day.
I like to remind people of the importance of thinking, which is often forgotten when you are constantly in a hurry. Getting sucked into routines and repetition without thinking can be dangerous.
Office space can boost thinking significantly, and the space has considerable impact on performance. Our working memory is quite narrow: it can only accommodate six to seven ideas at one time. When it becomes overloaded, you become incapacitated. A stressful environment may disturb your concentration so much that it practically causes your IQ to decrease.
Creating a focused state of mind takes approximately 20 minutes of peace; however, in an open space, the peace will be interrupted every 10 minutes on average. This is why the best work premises have seven to eight different spaces for different needs – for calm work requiring concentration, as well as free discussions, meetings and brainstorming.”
Text: Johanna Hytönen