As we are propelled into an even-more digital age, companies and employees are both asking: To what degree will AI replace human intelligence and make jobs obsolete? In the inevitable future of AI, what is the outlook for human employees? Neil Jensen, Vice President, Product Strategy, Workday, identifies trends in areas like the future of work. I asked Jensen to share with us the trends he’s seeing in the future-of-work space.
Gig, crowd, freelancing are all terms companies and academics use to talk about a new powerful economy, fueled by technology, that is emerging and gives people the tools to be able to pursue their passions at a reasonable cost. It’s not much different than other less than inspiring terms like consumer and employee.
The California Supreme Court signed into law Assembly Bill 5 (AB5), which could change how businesses employ contract workers. Nicknamed the “gig economy bill,” the legislation establishes criteria around the classification of full-time employees versus independent contractors.
A future where companies have more freelancers than permanent staff has long been predicted by folks like Forbes contributor Jon Younger, Ph.D., a writer and advisor to HR tech startups. In fact, companies like Google are already there, he says. In his work, Jon helps envision how workforce changes will affect employees and the human-resources function once companies scale. I had the opportunity to chat with Jon recently about the emerging implications of this new paradigm for businesses and employees. Here are a few of the top takeaways from that conversation.
Open Assembly founder John Winsor interviews Paul Hlivko, the Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
The reality is hard things are hard. Changing culture around open talent and the future of work is a monumental task. It will take decades for organizations to change the way they employ and work with people. There has been pain as we have moved along the adoption curve, starting with those of us that have been entrepreneurs wanting to make their own way in the world, working for ourselves in remote location.
In the future of work, which is now, there’s a new type of person necessary to success. Call them crowdsourcing whisperers—or open-source evangelists. You can’t automate their influence on culture.
My focus on the future of work means that I’m often privy to the inner workings of some of today’s most innovative companies. Moving toward open sourcing and the gig economy comes with its fair share of internal questioning and resistance
Conversation about the future of work is everywhere, but who really knows what that means, and who can help guide us into that future? This is the work I’ve been doing at Open Assembly and also in my role as Executive in Residence at the Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard (LISH).