Future of work is scary, promising, unknown and confusing.
Yes, it’s complicated.
Yes, robots will take your job!
I repeated this answer I don’t know how many times, but I will repeat it for you one more time.
Yes, robots will take your job.
A big “SO?” starts to fly around when I give this answer.
Let’s talk about “SO?” today. Let’s talk about the future of work. How our lives will change? Should we start to grow some skills today? Is there anything we can do today to have a better future life? What are the best jobs in the future of work? How important will be creative thinking? Survival of the fittest: Which personality types will survive? Will you have the same work stress? What about human productivity in the future of work?
Let’s get started!
Will Robots Take My Job?
I know that I already answered this question but there is something that I want to show you. Type your profession in this robotic (!) search engine and find out how likely will you be fired in the coming years.
Results are sometimes confusing. For example, if you type “teacher assistants”, you will see a 56% positive answer which is scary for teacher assistants.
But it also writes that it is unclear if the robots will invade “the teacher assistant land”. Within the next two decades, they expect a 55% chance of automation at this job.
For taxi drivers, the scene is much worse. 89%. With in the next two decades, this job will be completely different from what it is today. Millions of people will be unemployed, and taxi drivers will be very angry if they don’t start to plan their future lives right now.
Cooks are also in trouble. 83%. Personally, I guess I will always prefer to have my food from a human cook. I know that robots will be better and better in cooking but still…
48% for computer programmers. These people earn a lot of money today and we see that the situation will change in the coming years.
For writers, the percentage is 4% which is pretty low. However, 21% of automation is expected within the next two decades. Reading a novel from a robot author… I’ll pass!
Even if you see a positive answer like 2% or 4% in the results, the next sentence is generally negative because it tells you the possible automation rate within two decades. But there will be “robot-free” areas in the future of work.
As you know, there is no profession called “entrepreneurship” and you will be 100% safe in the future of work if you are an entrepreneur. Robots can’t take your “job”. But, (yes, there is a but here) entrepreneurship naturally includes high risks. You don’t need robots to get your job killed, you can kill it with your own human fingers!
Still, it’s good to know that there will be a “life” for people who want to invest in new opportunities. Bloggers are also entrepreneurs so you can’t see a “profession” called “blogger” in this search engine but successful bloggers earn a lot even today.
It is confusing. But I can clearly see that some skills will be more and more important tomorrow. For example, emotional intelligence (EQ) will be more important than IQ.
Entrepreneurs need emotional intelligence because they convince people every day. Plus, they need to keep a happy team. A happy team means more sales, more money, more happiness (!) for them.
How to make sales in the future of work? Just like today. By understanding your customers, their needs, their problems and by finding solutions to their problems. In the future of work, you will have to understand the needs of half humans.
It seems that tomorrow will be more “emotional” than today in some senses.
What Will Be The Most Important Skill In The Future Of Work?
Adaptability. No matter how you earn your life, your working life will change. And it will happen in your lifetime. The change can hit you hard or it can be a soft one.
In the soft scenario, you have more time to invest in a new you. With the hard scenario, you have less time to change your self. Let’s hope you have good time management skills.
“Change is the only constant” – Heraclitus
What if “change” accelerates?
And it will.
In your lifetime, “the change” will go to school and it will get a class called “Speeding Up 101”. The change will take this class faster than you think. It will take A+ as a grade. And when “change” is graduated (which will take shorter than 4 years), the change will be able to teach to its teacher. No one will know “how to change” better than “the change”.
The change will learn to change faster.
If your adaptability is weak and if you call this bad weather you are totally wrong.
This is a storm, earthquake and a tsunami on the same day.
You have to change faster than the change and you have no other choice. Future of work is surfing on the change. Be an adaptability machine and start to search for your future opportunities in your line of work. Now! Better if you started yesterday! Or the day before!
Anti-AI Movement In The Future Of Work
The good news is there will be anti-AI employers who will only give jobs to real people.
People will be scared and build an anti-AI movement. This reaction will not slow down “the change” but it will create new opportunities for some people.
Also, buying goods or services from a real person will be cool. People will say that the product is more “human” and it gives a better feeling. You will see price tags like this:
Human-made: 25 dollars.
Robot-made: 5 dollars.
Yes, robots will always produce cheaper than humans. There will be no competition at price. The competition will be in the experience. The feeling. Something that you can’t see.
There will be resistance. People will react against the future of work. And the employers will support them.
For example, you hired a painter to get your house painted.
The daily price of the robot is 100 dollars.
And the daily price of the human painter is 500 dollars.
You hired a human painter because you don’t want your walls to be touched by a robot, you want a “human feeling” and you want to support the “human working force” ecosystem.
You are lucky because you can sit and watch your painter while he is painting your house. In some works, you can’t do this.
Let’s say you will hire a person to prepare a report for you. You will use this report in your work and you will share this report on social media to attract eyeballs and get more leads.
Price of the report from a robot is 200 dollars.
Price of the report from a human is 500 dollars.
You give this job to your friend who is having a very hard time to find freelance tasks after the robots started to rock’n’roll.
The problem is, your friend can give this job to a robot and earn 300 dollars without working. And there is no way you will understand the difference. You can’t watch your friend while he is preparing the report. You have to trust him. This will make some jobs more valuable in the future of work. For example, being a painter will be cool and painters will earn a lot.
These situations will create new startups. Entrepreneurs will build firms to “watch people while working”. With no camera involved (it can’t be trusted), the startups will send a person to watch another person while she is working. This will be the guarantee of “human work”. Of course, there will be some programs to test the “humanity of the work” but these programs won’t also be trusted.
So new jobs will rise. People will create new opportunities. But the match will always be against the robots after this point. And no one knows what will happen when “we” lose.
Will Robots Be Employers In The Future Of Work?
If robots are employees today, they will be employers in the future of work for sure. When “the day” comes, robots will hire robots and humans. Robot’s hiring decision will not be emotional like ours. It will be based on a very simple economic model: Supply and demand.
If there is a demand for “human work” and they can make more money, they will hire humans. Or the opposite.
The opposite is a slap. Can you feel it?
Supply is also important. Will there be more human employers or robot employers in the market? What will happen if the number of robot employers will increase day by day?
I want to modify my idea here. Entrepreneurship will be the most important “skill” in the future of work. It will not only show “who is the boss?”, but it will also show “who will have a better life!”: Robots or humans?
What Will Be The Feeling Of "Future Of Work"?
Not going to an office, school, hospital… will be the norm.
Office buildings will not be important anymore so they will disappear from our lives. What you know will be more important than where you know it. You will be able to transfer your knowledge no matter where you are.
So you will not need other people near you while you are working. Loneliness will be everywhere in the future of work.
This feeling is against human nature. People will hate to feel like a robot. And again, humans will do something about it. They will fight with “silence”. How?
Coworking spaces will become more and more important every day. Even you won’t need these places technically, you will need these places emotionally. You will work with humans at the same place, like in the old days.
You will pay for the rent of the space, for the coffee and for the meeting rooms like we do in coworking spaces today. The difference will be that you will love to work like this in the future of work because “those” buildings will be gone, and there will be no other place like co-working spaces that you can work together with other people anymore. You will pay for the “feeling”.
When you need silence, you will hire a “silent room”. When you need 20 people around, you will work on the shared workstations. You will remember the good old days. You will remember today.
Plus, there will be no robots around. Coworking spaces will not welcome robots and no robot will be hired in these hubs. These places will create its own working atmosphere and many innovator startups will rise in these hubs.
These hubs will be the capital of the resistance and people will get “how to survive in the age of robots” lessons in these hubs. Financial fight against robots will take place in crowded meeting rooms. Not in the living room of your house.
People Will Question Everything In The Future Of Work
We know that taxi drivers will lose their jobs in the near future. This will create millions of unemployed people who will be ready to work in other industries. However, these people are not trained to prepare themselves for the change.
Companies also have a responsibility here. They will keep giving jobs to people until “that day” comes! And when the day comes: “Sorry!”. Where is the “change center” that people can learn how to deal with the change?
If Uber will take us from our house with self-driving cars and if Uber will not share the profit with the human drivers anymore, will Uber hire new human employees for other tasks in the company? It should right?
Future of work will be stressful. People will question every company who uses robots. If people pay money for something, they will ask that company, “Why did you fire those people?”. They will also ask “Did you hire those people for other tasks in your company because you make more money now?”. And if they won’t get satisfactory answers, they will not buy goods and services from that company. Companies will also feel the need to question everything. Questioning will be a daily job.
What Is The Best Education Today For Future Of Work?
If an MBA program is still teaching you the case studies of Coca-Cola from the late 1900s and early 2000s, then you are on the wrong track.
You need an education where you can boost your creativity and adaptability skills.
Check the classes offered by the schools and see if they are visionary about the future of work.
Where Is Home?
Since the office buildings will disappear, people will choose to work in the places where the cost of living is cheaper.
New startups will help people find jobs in other countries. And some companies will sell a “life package” to you in your new destination. You will hear things like:
“Cape Town is the best place for freelancers. All-inclusive life packages for 2350 dollars.”
People will get training to get used to this life and again this will be about adaptability. Some people will hate changing places and their budgets will be broken. They will prefer not to have kids because of future costs. And people (or DNAs) who don’t want to change will be eliminated by nature in a couple of decades. Nature will only keep DNAs who say “yes” to change.
On the other side, only exclusive robots will change places. I am talking about robots which do the jobs that other robots can’t. These special robots will travel the world because they are needed. So they will be in direct competition with humans even in other geographies.
When robots lose their uniqueness, they will stop moving. The same with humans, when their skills get old, they won’t be called from different countries anymore and they will stop moving until they learn brand new skills. Future of work won’t let you to stop for a long time.