The Future of Work
Gabrielle Frieda Loh
The growth of freelancing and the ease of mobility have unleashed the global workforce, freeing it from many traditional bounds and constraints. No longer do teams need to work in the same location or at the same time. No longer are companies constrained to talents in a limited geographical region. Talents globally are open to opportunities beyond their city or country of origin.
The future of work can seem all too exciting, frightening and complex at the same time.
How can we prepare ourselves for the future of work?
Joining us is Gabrielle Frieda Loh, the Accounts Director for Jobbatical based in Singapore. She is an ex-military officer who has ventured into the world of entrepreneurship and now technology startups.
Podcast Episode Highlights
- A job matching company for anywhere in the world.
- Believes in spreading skills across borders.
The Future of Work
- You and I can work from anywhere. Whether we choose to spend a week at home and take care of our parents while we work, we can also rely on artificial intelligence to help us automate work processes that are cumbersome and time consuming, while we spend more time looking at the big picture and value adding.
Why are we heading towards this direction?
- Because someone envisioned that the robots can help enhance the quality of life, not only at the workplace, but at home.
- We have enough skilled people who can start building the technology to make this come through.
- We now how sufficient technological advancement to move towards this direction.
Should we fear the robots?
- No. Robots can’t replace all our jobs.
- Extensive research has been done where about 15% to 20 % of vocations are more manual, such as, chefs and those serving fast food.
- More robots also means more jobs are created.
- Around 5 years ago jobs such as data scientist, or social media marketers. With every generation, we see new jobs due to technological advancement.
- We should embrace this and not be to pessimistic about it. We can’t change it, so let’s see how we can make the best of it.
A typical day
- When I work remotely, I don’t wake up very early as there is no need to commute. I sometimes start at 10 or 11am.
- I have my breakfast.
- When working in a remote setting it is important to know your optimum and productive hours.
- For the first 2 hours, all communication tools are switched off.
- At Jobbatical, we use Slack to help us communicate across departments.
- After lunch break, I start the the work process again. This time I switch on my communication tools, as I have a team that works with me in other continents and time zones. This takes another 3 or 4 hours with breaks in between.
- After dinner, I make time for a quick workout, and it extends into the evening, depending on clients. Although the work hours seem a little longer, you always have the option of starting a little later the next day.
Typical jobs adopting this method of work
This can be divided into 3 groups :
- Technological roles, such as developers, data scientists, analysts and designers.
- Business Development roles, sales, marketing, customer support.
- Business Support roles, such as finance roles.
Tips for those who want to transition into the future work method
- Be open to new ways of working
- Have an optimistic attitude – having this remote and flexible way of work has proven to improve your work and life satisfaction as well as increase your productivity levels.
- Learn to communicate effectively using digital devices, which means the usage of proper English is also crucial.
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