Beyond 2030: The Future of Work – More Than Just a Robolution

The working world is in the midst of metamorphosis. Though the three preceding industrial revolutions saw cause both for worry and progress, the fourth asks even bigger questions, such is the disruption caused by the digitalization of the economy across all industries. With it come financial opportunities, new professions and new forms of interaction, all of which is well understood by the startups which often mirror the very future of the workplace.

The Millennial generation, nomadic work, well-being, big data and artificial intelligence – a galaxy of modern words gravitate around an ever-growing reflection process on the future of work. The Fourth Industrial Revolution – which includes development in domains such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, nanotechnology, 3D printing, genetics and biotechnology – is currently underway. The transformations it brings will come to light by 2030, profoundly changing current work paradigms.

Firstly, this is because of today’s young generation and those to come – born in a digital era and one of economic crises – have new expectations. The borders between the professional and private spheres are disappearing little by little every day, now Millennials are looking for jobs and careers with meaning, mixing flexibility and communal decision-making. In order to attract and keep talent, companies are encouraged to innovate on the projects they offer, with regards to both workspace organization and HR policy.

“The Fourth Industrial Revolution will cause widespread mutation not only in business models, but in job markets during the next five years, not to mention the considerable changes to be undertaken in terms of the skills required to thrive in this new landscape.”

As well as this, we are seeing increased tensions on the job market, at least for the time being. This is because “the Fourth Industrial Revolution will cause widespread transformations not only with regards to business models,

Technologies are indeed modifying the traditional structure of work. The OECD has thus calculated that in the next 15 years, 10% of jobs are directly endangered as 70% or more of tasks performed might be done by machines or via artificial intelligence. As well as this, between 20% and 25% of other jobs will see 50% to 70% of their tasks automated. These jobs might remain, but will change profoundly, added the international organization.

Freelance and flexible workers (mobility and ongoing training…) will also be part of tomorrow’s profiles. Measures and proposals seen in France, such as the Individual Activity Account (le compte personnel d’activité), unemployment rights for freelancers and the Universal Wage are all a reflection of this trend.

Many startups are thus trusting in the capacity of digital intelligence and are developing tools to federate company organization in a world of freelancers

The future of employment is thus on everyone’s lips, and though it may be problematic – and even worrisome – it is above all a motor for innovation. While technology is clearly a transformational force, it also enables transition in the job market. Many startups are thus trusting in the capacity of digital intelligence and are developing tools to federate company organization in a world of freelancers, promote performance as much as creativity and structure entrepreneurial teams using data power.

Recruiting processes, work modes and spaces, data protection, data management and industrial processes, all these domains and more are being propelled into a new era by entrepreneurs already with an eye towards 2030. Here are some such examples.

Recruit Me If You Can

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Facebook Headhunter – Work4

Based on the cornerstone that the average web user spends 83% of their time online on social networks, this French startup offers companies Facebook-based recruitment technology. It enables companies to create ads targeting qualified candidates, according to their specific criteria. This e-recruitment will, if Work4 are to believed, separate the wheat from the chaff in the hunt for sought-after profiles.

Chatbots in the Service of Careers – Wade & Wendy 

Wade & Wendy are two chatbots, developed by the American startup of the same name. The former is presented as an intelligent personal careers advisor. Through the use of a user’s professional data, it identifies interesting opportunities and makes the user aware of them. The latter, on the other hand, is presented as an intelligent recruiting assistant and deals with companies in order to monitor the job market and offer candidates who correspond with the company’s projects and culture.

100% Digital Career Coach – Jobmaker

Jobmaker describes itself as the first digital career coach, helping users reboot their careers, change jobs, find work again or simply enter the job market. By means of example, it offers users the chance to learn how to know themselves better and to showcase their added value in encounters with recruiters.

Nomads of the World, Unite!

Co-working spaces are popping up all over Europe

The Platform Giving Freelancers a Helping Hand: Upwork 

Created in 2004, the Californian startup Upwork has developed a networking platform for freelancers and employers. It is designed to respond not only to the needs of freelancers who are looking for contracts, but also to those of companies that are confronted with the challenges of increasing rates of professionals choosing to work for themselves. In this domain, we might also mention Hopwork and Gigster.

The International Co-Working Brand – WeWork 

Founded in 2010 WeWork represents 189 co-working spaces with an identical atmosphere in 48 cities worldwide. The goal is to bring together a global community of creators and freelancers, by investing in spaces featuring flexibility, comfort, lounge spaces and an entrepreneurial spirit. In Paris, we might also mention Kwerk, which has invested in an identity and new ways of working.

The Platform for Those Seeking a Workspace – Beewake

“Where are you going to work today?” – Beewake enables users to find a workspace – whether it be co-working space, conference rooms or even hotel rooms – in order to gain in productivity when telecommuting. The platform is available in 11 cities in France and in Brussels.

Between Workmates

The intelligent agent to share info within your company – 

A Personal Assistant which puts all your company’s contacts within reach, offers a secure cloud solution to share information within your companies. It was launched thanks to the investment fund from Slack, the message service for group projects which is taking the corporate world by storm.

The Bot to Foster Encouragement between Workmates – Growbot

Growbot is presented as a team appreciation bot. It makes it easy to share team or individual corporate results, promotions or other boons via “props”, “kudos” and other “cheers”, which fosters the kind of recognition between co-workers that is often over-looked through mutual encouragement and congratulations.

Growbot makes it easy to share team and individual results within a company.

The Agency which Transforms Information into MOOCs – The MOOC Agency

Education and ongoing training couldn’t possibly escape the digital revolution, and to provide everybody around the world or one company’s staff with new knowledge, supports companies in this digital revolution who wish to train their staff, as they did with the SNCF through their MOOC to recruit 100 train drivers.

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