SHIFT: Future of Work

The topic of Wednesday at the SHIFT was Human 2 Human. And you could see it everywhere. Happy people talking and experiencing different things all around. Even though it was cloudy for most parts of the day. Because I was promoted with the most awesome job title ever (PR Squad Overlord), I’ve been very busy the whole day. So unfortunately I don’t have a blog post specifically for written for you and SayDesign blog. Here’s something I wrote for SHIFT:

Future of Work – Learn to learn

Lauri Järvilehto quoted at the beginning of his keynote that half of all people won’t have a job in 15 years if they aren’t willing to change their ways. What is the key to make this change? What can you do to ensure your place in the future of work?

When talking about the future and future of work, nothing is certain. Those who think they know what’s going to happen are wrong, but so are those who think they don’t know. Why is that? There’s many useful studies and researches done by universities about the future of work and the best ways to work. But why doesn’t the results effect the ways of companies and organizations? The world is changing faster than ever. This is a sentence all of us have heard. But is it so? Lauri questioned this sentence with one question: Did any of you arrive here with a flying car?

We need to be humble about the future. Many times we take too much time covering a solution for a problem. The problem has already changed when the solution is ready and it doesn’t serve the purpose anymore. Maybe the problem is in ourselves. Maybe we should change our ways to solve the problem. Maybe we should change our attitude and motivation towards the problem.

The Key to Future of Work

The key to ensure your place in the future of work is in learning, in you and the people around you. Require a skill to learn and motivate yourself. Don’t think too much what to learn, just learn and learn to learn. When you’re always learning you follow what happens around you and that’s the best way to think about your future and the future of work. Find your motivation in what you do. Not in the payment you get from the job but in the job itself.

How to find the thing that motivates you? Try. We don’t know if we don’t try. When you find the thing that motivates you and you can engage your work with, your future of work is safe. Give your job a meaning that motivates you and makes you happy. By motivating ourselves we motivate others. If you’re motivated you have the responsibility to motivate the people around you. Especially those who have difficulties to motivate themselves.

Pictures are from SHIFT, but not otherwise related to the blog post. They were taken by the talented photographer Lisa McWhirter  / McWhirter photography.

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