The future of work

Many have started working from home during the corona crisis. Now employers want their staff to come (partly) back to the office. But what will happen to office jobs in the future? According to the authoritative Singularity University, more than 80 percent of people will lose their current job in the next 10 to 15 years. Old jobs disappear, new ones take their place. Since 1850, the working week has been shortened further and further, from 70 hours then to 35 hours now.

We are heading for an even shorter working week, redistribution of paid and unpaid work in the participatory society and the right to paid work for at least one day a week, as an alternative to benefits and basic income. The future of work will be a completely different one than many people think.

The rapid technological innovation that characterizes our time comes with advantages and disadvantages. One of the disadvantages is that we will have to deal with increasing unemployment in the short term, because software and robots take over a lot of work. It is especially the middle jobs, for example in administration, that suffer from this. The middle classes, already severely affected by the 2008 crisis, are once again taking the brunt.

At the same time, new technology provides all kinds of new possibilities, also on a professional level. In this lecture Bakas presents existing and new professions that give citizens a chance of success in the coming period. There are well-known professions, such as that of a biologist or detective, but also new ones, such as that of corporate disruptor or chief data officer.

The permanent job is on the decline and more and more people are working on a freelance basis. Sometimes they alternate freelance jobs with temporary contracts, something called a “hybrid employment relationship.” In addition, more and more people will collect their money through individual chores, something Bakas calls ‘hustling’. Despite everything, Bakas is optimistic about current developments. In the long run, new technology ensures that more wealth is created by fewer people.


In the future, it will therefore not be so much a question of everyone working full-time, but rather that the work is distributed more fairly and that people have income security and learn to organize their happiness in a healthy work-life balance.


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