We live in exciting times. This fast-paced world is constantly changing, with new ideas, new products, and new technology. Unfortunately, many of us are still organizing and running our businesses on the old models, but the dynamic and modern world gives us options at work, just as it gives us options everywhere else.
All that is needed is for owners and managers to apply new technology and new ideas to their work life, and the future of work will arrive today.
The first major change a business owner can include in his new business model is hiring virtual freelancers instead of traditional employees. In the past, employers would hire employees who lived nearby, pay them competitive wages and benefits, and often train them for the job. The employer then would hope that the new hire would fit in with the rest of their employees and would stay with the company long enough to justify the investment in them.
That all changes with the proliferation of laptops and WiFi, because now a business owner is not forced to hire someone who is in their community. Now you can hire anyone around the world who has the required skillset and a laptop. In fact, there is no need to hire many employees in the traditional sense; now, you can hire someone for a specific project only, and save all the costs associated with a full-time employee. In return, you not only see a savings on your bottom line, you also are able to work with people who are dedicated to their specific craft, instead of being forced to ask an employee to complete a task that they may not be suited to performing.
This change in hiring practices highlights another change in the future of work: The advent of a flexible workforce. Younger members of the workforce are less concerned about job security and more concerned about flexibility and self-determination. Rather than go to the same job each day, the younger worker values the ability to work from home, from a coffee shop, or from anywhere they choose. As long as there is reliable internet access, work can be completed from almost anywhere, and that benefits everyone. Freelancers are able to maintain the autonomy that they crave, and business owners are able to build a staff of adaptable and creative freelancers.
There is much to be learned about Millennials and their working style. Make sure you read our essay, Millennials + Technology=Revolution in the Way we Work for a detailed explanation of how the younger members of the workforce prioritize their time and energy.
When a business owner or manager begins to see the workforce in this new light, the view of the work being done will change, too. Now, the day’s tasks will begin to look like smaller projects that can be outsourced. As an owner builds a pool of talented freelancers that he is comfortable calling on, more and more of his workday will become management of discrete projects. Soon, he, too, will enjoy a flexible, open office and, like his staff, will no longer be tied to daily trips to the office. As freelancers and business owners work together more often, the workplace will be transformed into a modern, open, and flexible lifestyle.
For a detailed exploration of the dramatic changes in how people have worked together, from a hunter-gatherer society to our modern technological world, read Rolf Ritter’s ebook, The 4th Technological Revolution: The Way We Work will Never be the Same Again, which you can access here.
Born and raised in Switzerland, Rolf Ritter has thrived in a successful, fast-paced career that has spanned the globe. In late 2013, Rolf published his first book, a fascinating text on the revolutionary transition, beginning with the Agricultural Revolution, that has led us to our current revolution: Information Technology. Utilizing his findings, he has since established People as a Service, a revolutionary start-up that guides companies into the shared labor economy.