Dana Ardi, Ph.D., the founder of Corporate Anthropology Advisors and the author of The Fall of the Alphas: The New Beta Way to Connect, Collaborate, Influence—And Lead has this to tell us about future of working habits: Everything you thought you knew about the workplace is already outdated. Apparently the days when decisions were made from the top down and when all anyone was expected to do was simply “their job” has officially (no pun intended) disappeared.

Ms. Ardi studies the evolutionary workplace cultures of organizations. Here’s what she has to say about the changes we should expect at the office.

The talent pool will grow: Due to robotics and automation technology, employees will no longer be asked to perform rote tasks. Plus, greater connectivity will result in greater access to talent literally all over the planet, which in turn will lead to increase in the efficiency of organizations.

Collaboration will be the norm: As the old fashioned, hierarchical way of doing business dies out, the type of company—and people—that will thrive in this new environment will embrace collaboration and teamwork.

A rise in “limited contracts”: As we move into a craftsman and service economy, people will work for organizations for two to four years with incentives built in to compensate them for the level of impact they bring to the organization.

Specialization will be even more essential: The flatter and more networked the workplace becomes, the more essential it will be for people to continually build their skill set and maintain a level of specialization that enables them to stand out in a crowd of talent.

Social networks become a way to partner: Workers at all levels will need to market themselves through their social networks, forming partnerships and gaining influence by striking deals based on their deep skill specialization.

Everyone will become an entrepreneur: People will work for and with many clients and partners simultaneously. At the same time, individuals will have greater control over the kind of work they tackle and how they are compensated.

Individual contribution, not pay grade, will be rewarded: With a more peer-to-peer network in place, rewards will be tied to the value of an individual’s contribution and not to any artificial title.

Source: Dana Ardi, PH.D. | 7 predictions for the future of work | February, 2014 | Fast Company

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