The Future of Work: Anticipating and Embracing Industry Disruptions
“Disruption” is such a business buzzword you might be tempted to tune this article out. We all know Uber was a disruptor, and Netflix shook up the media industry. But the lessons you can learn from examining how you personally identify and react to disruptions will tell you a lot about your ability to survive and even thrive in a rapidly changing job market. Can you learn to anticipate and embrace the career change that comes with industry disruptions? Yes. You can.
The current work climate
Results from the aptly named “Global Workforce Hopes and Fears Survey 2023” from PwC depict a workforce that anticipates change and largely believes it is necessary for survival. Overall, one-third of workers believe their companies won’t be viable in 10 years without change—and the younger workers are, the more likely they are to express that sentiment, with 49 percent of Gen Z workers saying their companies must change within a decade or shutter.
The outlook isn’t much different on the employer side, with World Economic Forum research predicting that 44 percent of employees’ skills will be disrupted in the next five years. Cognitive skills, creative thinking, and technological literacy are all in increasing demand.
Learning how to adapt to change at work
“Nothing is certain except death and taxes,” said Benjamin Franklin. He could have added “change” to that list. Recognizing that change is inevitable is the first step to embracing disruption in a way that benefits your career. These tips can also help shift your mindset:
It's natural to yearn for the good ol’ days—after all, how many of us struggle with being “always on” technologically and setting boundaries with social media? But as much as we like to gripe about it, having constant access to the world’s knowledge base is amazing. Change is good, and by embracing it, you’ll achieve things you never dreamed possible.