THE FUTURE OF WORK.

At Sharp, we think people are the true power of any business and that the more empowered they are, the more successful your business can be. And with people at the heart of our purpose for developing future technology, it is therefore all-important to fully understand their working lives, both today and tomorrow.

Using our own research and current commentary, we are pleased to now share the findings with you as we push the workplace forward together. 

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Gen Z’s and Millennials are the next generation of workers who will shape the world of work for years to come. Their career aspirations, attitudes towards work, and knowledge of new technologies will define the culture of the future workplace. 

At Sharp we previously conducted a series of workshops and focus groups with young professionals new to the world of work, to find out first hand their vision for the ‘workplace of the future’.

 

To build on these insights, we surveyed more than 6,000 office workers young and old in small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) across Europe, to understand how the global pandemic has impacted their needs and priorities for the future.

As snapshot of the findings is included a new report which also offers expert advice from future of work psychologist Viola K. Kraus on what to consider when choosing workplace solutions to support new ways of working.

5 DIVERSE GENERATIONS, 1 DYNAMIC WORKPLACE

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In the new era of collaboration, how do we unite such a diverse spread of perspectives and what role can technology play that is intuitive for every age group?

A BUSINESS BUILT ON GIVING BACK

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Purpose-led companies and social awareness are often seen as today’s business buzzwords but at Sharp, we are proud of a much longer history of giving back to employees, business partners and our valued customers.

WORKPLACE COLLABORATION

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As traditional managerial hierarchies have broken down and matrix management structures with multiple stakeholders become the norm, so we now see the workplace as more of a collaborative environment.

TECHNOLOGY IN THE WORKPLACE

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To be ready for the future we need to understand the mindset, fears and opportunities that tomorrow’s workforce believe this new technology will create.

REMOTE WORKING

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The impact of technology on the future workplace doesn’t just affect the people at work, it affects where they work too. Millennials see two types of workplace in the future: virtual and physical.

FLEXIBLE WORKING

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For Millennials, finding the right place to work is only part of their ambition. Not only are they looking for the right environment, but they are also looking for somewhere to develop their skills.

WORK LIFE BALANCE

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The group we spoke to told us that they want closer relationships with their managers so they feel comfortable with expressing opinions and highlighting issues. They told us they don’t see their job as just a job, but rather as an important part of their lives.

THE FUTURE OF WORK ENVIRONMENT

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Based on the feedback given to us by the participants of the workshop, there’s a great deal that businesses and organisations can begin to do in order to evolve and adapt to meet the changing needs of tomorrow’s workforce.

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file type icon Latest Findings (2021)

A large majority of Europe has been forced to work remotely for much of the last year and with major organisations now offering for many of their staff to work from home permanently, this has been a catalyst for the adoption of technology that brings colleagues together.
file type icon Infographic (2021)

Where and how do Europeans want to work Post-Pandemic? At a time when restrictions are starting to loosen in some countries, see how the attitudes of returning to the office differ for workers across Europe, and what factors would deter them from returning or help entice them back.
file type icon Initial Report (2019)

People are the true power of any business. And the more empowered your people are, the more successful your business can be. We asked a group of young professionals how they expect new technologies will change how they live and work, and what fears and opportunities these changes would create.
TAKE THE WORKPLACE OF THE FUTURE QUIZ

Take The Workplace Of The Future Quiz

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Why not take our Workplace of the Future quiz to see if you’re ready to face the demands of tomorrow’s workforce.

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WILL ROBOTS TAKE OUR JOBS

The people we spoke to were worried about being overwhelmed by technology and vast amounts of information. But what other issue was a genuine concern for them?

  • Personal data safety

  • Wi-Fi availability

  • Malware and viruses

TECHNOLOGY TAKES THE DIRT WORK

What do millennials think technology should take away at work, so they can focus on jobs that require a more personal touch?

  • Social Media

  • Mundane Tasks

  • Meetings

CREATING COMMUNITY IN THE WORKPLACE IS IMPORTANT

We discovered that people working in a more casual setting become more likely to bond, despite age, hierarchical level and…..?

  • Nationality

  • Gender

  • Political views

EVERYONE HAS A VOICE WITH TECHNOLOGIES

The workforce of the future believes technology has a positive impact on society and could be a tool for promoting what?

  • Debate and discussion

  • World peace

  • Diversity and inclusion

WORK IS NOT JUST ABOUT MONEY, IT’S ABOUT PASSION

What percentage of the people we spoke to said they would take a pay cut to find work that matched their values?

  • 35%

  • 50%

  • 75%

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