At Sharp, we think that people are the true power of any business. And the more empowered your people are, the more successful your business can be. We believe that it is the needs of people that should define the shape and purpose of tomorrow’s technology.
As a company with years of experience in developing workplace products and solutions, we know about technology, but to understand the needs of tomorrow’s workforce, we needed to learn even more.
To do this, we didn't want to rely on previous research. We sat down with a group of young professionals and talked with them face-to-face about their future. We asked how they expect new technologies will change how they live and work, and what fears and opportunities these changes would create.
The millennial generation, born between 1980 and 2000, are the workforce of the future and will shape the world of work for years to come. They already make up more than one third of the workforce, and by 2025 will account for close to 75 percent. Attracting the best of these millennial workers is critical to the future of business.
This report has been built from four key pillars of research: formal research – papers, surveys and textual analysis concerning the workplace of the future, big data analysis, a focus group with Sharp dealers and a workshop with millennials.
To be ready for the future we need to understand the mindset, fears and opportunities that tomorrow’s workforce believe this new technology will create.
The impact of technology on the future workplace doesn’t just affect the people at work, it affects where they work too. Millennials see two types of workplace in the future: virtual and physical.
For Millennials, finding the right place to work is only part of their ambition. Not only are they looking for the right environment, but they are also looking for somewhere to develop their skills.
The group we spoke to told us that they want closer relationships with their managers so they feel comfortable with expressing opinions and highlighting issues. They told us they don’t see their job as just a job, but rather as an important part of their lives.
Think you know what the future holds?
Why not take our Workplace of the Future quiz to see if you’re ready to face the demands of tomorrow’s workforce.
The people we spoke to were worried about being overwhelmed by technology and vast amounts of information. But what other issue was a genuine concern for them?
Personal data safety
Malware and viruses
What do millennials think technology should take away at work, so they can focus on jobs that require a more personal touch?
We discovered that people working in a more casual setting become more likely to bond, despite age, hierarchical level and…..?
The workforce of the future believes technology has a positive impact on society and could be a tool for promoting what?
Debate and discussion
Diversity and inclusion
What percentage of the people we spoke to said they would take a pay cut to find work that matched their values?
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