Source |Linkedin .com | BY:Dough Bel shaw , Open Educational Thinkerer speaker, Author
We live in fast-paced times. Jobs are being created and destroyed at an unprecedented rate. In order to understand these changes, there’s a whole new area of research and focus emerging, broadly known as the ‘Future of Work.’ It’s an essential topic to know about if you care about your relevance as a manager in 2017 and beyond.
Discussions around the future of work currently focus around four main areas:
- The demise of hierarchies
- Re-thinking where work takes place
- Workplace chat
- Mission-based work
Whether you’re a mid-level manager or in the C-Suite, these trends cut across existing structures and ways of doing things and will affect you.
1. The Demise of Hierarchies
A big buzz term over the last 18 months has been ‘holacracy,’ which is an organizational approach in which “authority and decision-making are distributed throughout a group of self-organizing teams rather than being vested in a management hierarchy.” This approach has been adopted by Zappos, Precision Nutrition, and, until earlier this year, Medium.