If there’s one thing that literally everyone can agree on, it’s that work will change a lot over the next 10 years. Will we be replaced by robots? Will there even be offices? Will everything be so virtual that we can literally work from bed?
Unless you’re ready to retire within the next few years, it’s critical that you think about what work will look like for you and your teams so that you can not only prepare yourself and avoid becoming collateral damage in any staffing reductions, but also to put yourself and your teams positions for success.
The future is remote
Many of us got a taste of what it’s like to work remotely in the COVID-19 pandemic. And studies show that the workforce feels overwhelmingly positive about the work-from-wherever situation — a whopping 80% of people want to retain some form of remote work. And as companies make changes to cater to their workforce, chances are that you and your teams will be working remotely at least some of the time in the coming years.
While this definitely narrows the field of opportunity for people in commercial property management, this creates enormous opportunity for you and your teams to be ready for the future. You’ll want to make sure you all have sufficient technical skills to be productive on common tools like the Office 365 suite or internal tools like Salesforce and SAP.
What you can do: Determine who on your team can benefit from Office 365 training. This will not only help you retain employees by investing in their growth but also increase your team’s productivity.
You should also ensure you cultivate a strong cybersecurity mindset amongst your teams, and even obtain training and hire experts to keep your data safe. With everything online and people working remotely on numerous networks of dubious security, cybersecurity will only grow more vital.Training in cloud technologies will also help prepare you and your teams to use, implement, and troubleshoot cloud programs as work becomes primarily cloud-based.
The future could be project based
We aren’t in the business of making predictions, but in recent years work has been trending more toward project-based work rather than role-based work. Part of this has been because organizations are looking to optimize personnel spending with performance, but another reason is that younger generations are approaching their careers with a more entrepreneurial mindset.
What you can do: If you’re looking for a new career path, you can consider going into project management. On the flipside, if you’re looking to hire good project managers, look for those with training from CompTIA A+, Microsoft Project, or Project Management Institute, as well as familiarity with Agile and Scrum methodologies.
The future will be automated
Of course not everything will be automated, but as technology evolves, we are able to automate more capabilities, and that trend will likely continue. While physical labor is certainly at the highest risk of being automated, there are still many positions (think: finance) that can be easily taken over by AI.
What you can do: Turn this potential danger into a definite opportunity. No matter how automated work gets, we will always need people to manage systems, build and implement infrastructures, and help humans solve technology problems.
If you’re really focused on retaining your team members and ensuring they’ll bring your company future success, it’s well worth considering engaging them in technical training. If you’re looking to help people get into IT positions, help them find the positions most suited to their skills and desires. The better news is that as the world has focused on becoming digital, there are many remote IT opportunities for those with some skills and/or experience.
And don’t forget about these opportunities for yourself; IT positions are more numerous every year, and having prior experience in business and management are only beneficial as you forge your path to the future.
The future needs data and insights
Data and business insights will drive organizational success for years to come. Entrenching yourself and your teams in this need will help you collect, store, manipulate, and report on how you can help your organization make business decisions.
What you can do: Hire or train team members in data science and big data. The savvier you all can be about how to work with data, the more value you will bring to your employer.
While we can’t predict the future, we can pay attention to the trends to anticipate how the world of work will evolve. With just a bit of forethought and training, you can set up yourself and your teams to be prepared to meet the challenges of the future head-on.