To Stay Relevant In Any Industry, You’ll Have To Adapt To Changes
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Companies who want to thrive in the future need to adapt to changes before they become industry standards. And that can be hard if you don’t know what you’re looking for.
Looking At The Past Will Help You Better Understand The Future
You can use this guide to see how technology has always taken us away from hard, repetitive work towards more flexible, enjoyable work settings. That pattern will continue into the future thanks to flexible work-from-home policies.
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10 Centuries With Almost No Innovation
The plows that were used in Caesar’s time were about the same as those used while Washington was alive.
80% of England's Fallow land disappeared
England discovered that rotating crops and adding South American bat guano reintroduced nutrients like nitrogen to the soil. This made once useless land farmable again.
61% Population Increase In Parts Of Europe
The massive increase in the food supply led to an equally large increase in population which changed and grew the economy.
Centuries passed without any farming innovation. But eventually, the largely agricultural world saw changes to farming that would fast track human progress.
For a long time, the world’s economy was almost completely agrarian. The limited innovations led to an upper limit in the number of crops farmers could produce to feed people. This changed during the agricultural revolution, allowing countries to support a significantly larger population, and therefore, a larger economy.
13 Hour Workdays
The Industrial Revolution led to long workdays in dark, dangerous factory conditions.
345–280 Million Years To Make Coal
Coal changed the way we work, the way we travel, the way our economy functioned. Coal helped build the first steam engines that kickstarted the modern economy.
24% Of The World’s Economic Production
The US economy grew exponentially during the Industrial Revolution making it a world-influencing powerhouse.
Industrial Revolution 1:
During this largely-European revolution, people left their farms to enter factories.
During this first Industrial Revolution, the world saw a large-scale move from farms to factories where workers stood to make more money under more grueling work conditions. The factories were dangerous and dirty, but the pay would eventually pave the way for better opportunities for the workers’ children.
254,000 Extra Miles Of Railroads Laid
The world continues to get smaller and smaller as travel becomes more accessible to everyone.
90% Of Certain Industries Controlled By Large Corporations
Large corporations owned by people like John D Rockefeller started appearing for the first time in America. These large corporations would set the tone for future companies.
3 Years To Develop Morse Code
Sending messages written in Morse Code via a telegraph revolutionized the way we communicated. Everything from the phone to the Internet would be built upon the telegraph’s initial success.
Industrial Revolution 2:
Science & Mass Production
The world continued to shrink as it became easier to travel and communicate against vast distances.
Science, mass production, economic growth, and unionization made working conditions for employees better and more lucrative. These workers worked more and more in cold, sterile offices alongside others doing repetitive tasks than in factories like their parents. The work wasn’t particularly fulfilling, but it was cleaner, safer, and it paid better.
1930s: The Decade Modern Offices Became The Norm
The growing economy required a lot of paperwork and logistics and those needs led to the creation of the modern office. The entire management apparatus became commonplace by the early 1900s.
WWII: When Status Came To The Workplace
After WWII the workplace became more competitive. Companies started making themselves more appealing by creating attractive, friendly work environments to lure top talent.
1960s: When The Office As We Know It Came Into Existence
Scientific management was replaced by human resources, Workers were given allotted breaks and had coworkers whom they worked with on specific projects. The workforce became more social and friendly.
Industrial Revolution 3:
Rise Of Electronic Technology
Parents, who worked hard in factories, gave their children the necessary education they needed so they could work in more comfortable offices doing paperwork instead of hard labor.
Although still a workplace, the office became more and more people-friendly. People regularly socialize around the watercooler and work bowling leagues begin to materialize. In many ways, the office becomes a primary vehicle for social interaction.
1980: The Groundwork For The Knowledge Economy
The Bayh-Dole Act of 1980 allowed universities to keep the titles to their innovations and issue exclusive licenses to use them. This Act fundamentally changed how we valued ideas and processes.
30% Of The Global Population Uses Social Media To Communicate
The internet has revolutionized how we share ideas, goods, and services with one another. And social media has taken those changes a step further by making everyone a consumer and producer of media.
25% Of Jobs Face Potential Automation
More and more jobs, and specific tasks, are being automated, and many others will continue to be automated. This makes a more efficient workplace that requires more human creativity and less grunt work.
Industrial Revolution 4:
The Present &
The Digital Revolution
The world became even smaller and work-based communications became more immediate thanks to the internet and various cultural changes.
The internet has made the world smaller than ever before while bringing people over the world closer together. It’s made communication instantaneous and created a need for 24/7 support.
1 Pandemic Forced Companies To Reimagine The Workplace
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many companies to create work-from-home policies out of whole cloth, and employees are discovering that they love the extra flexibility WFH gives them.
20% Of Americans Consider Leaving The Workplace Over Childcare Problems
More and more employees are seeking greater work-life balance as it has become more difficult to raise children while working.
7 New Realities Companies Must Deal With
Experts agree that most companies must deal with 7 unique issues, exponential organizational growth, lifelong reinvention, an unleashed workforce, technology, talent, & transformation, the ethics of work & society, nimble enterprise, and regulated innovation.
The Future Of
We expect that the best future workplaces will continue to leverage technology to give employees more and more flexibility to work where and how they want.
It’s hard to predict what the economy will and won’t do. But things like the sharing economy, improved communications capabilities, and a growing desire for family-friendly work-from-home policies indicate that employers should make work flexibility a priority if they want to survive the next work revolution.
Industrial Revolution 1: Steam Engine
Industrial Revolution 2: Science & Mass Production
Industrial Revolution 3: Rise Of Electronic Technology
Industrial Revolution 4: The Present & The Digital Revolution
The Future Of The Workplace