At present, we are undergoing one of the greatest revolutions of working processes in the company and the approach to an employee. According to Oxford scientists, more than half of today’s occupations will disappear in the next two decades.
The concept of work and the process of company and employee development often deviate from the vision instilled in minds of our parents and grandparents. Grandchildren are usually unable to explain to their grandparents what their work is all about. The problem is not only new technologies but also the approach to the development of the company and its employees. In this article, we will try to describe the main changes that have taken place in this area over the years.
Improve processes and not just grow
In today’s business world, these companies are efficient, which have well defined their internal processes while gaining a competitive advantage over other business organizations. Focusing solely on pursuing a goal leads to the emergence of competitors that will do it better. It is worth mentioning that Google was not the first company aiming to be the best search engine in the world, there was also Yahoo!. On the other hand, before Facebook there was MySpace. Although these companies occupied similar market niches, the latter has won international acclaim, which it owes to the fact that it focused on improving its own products and internal processes. Until now, these two global corporations have been set up as an example of employee-friendly companies.
Disregard Authorities, Look for New Solutions
Innovation is a turning point for many businesses. Today, just like never before, we are dealing with a real revolution of business models. Basecamp is a good example of this as it broke with the prevailing ideology companies and startups’ development. In his book, Jason Fried emphasized how their new business model was created, which helped them to achieved success. They did not want to be a free start-up. Neither did they want to be the cheapest, nor to have branches all around the world. They simply wanted to be the best in what they were doing.
Integration and Alliances
Once the concept of a company had its boundaries strictly defined. Today, in the age of the Internet and other media, any brand can be considered as a global brand faster than usual. It is worth to draw attention to, among others, Uber or Slack, which are new global tycoons because of the product or nature of the service they provide, although they don’t have a long history as some car corporations or Michelin factories.
In the past, the company’s value was determined primarily by the number of its employees. In the result of the increasing automation of work and the emergence of technologically more advanced robots, bots, and applications, many companies have reduced the production staff, leaving only people whose creative value cannot be replaced. In the end, the practice increased the value of creativity and weakened the position of headhunters.
Knowledge of the company and its operating methods available only to the initiated is another of the major changes that have occurred over time. The practice of concealing information, know-how, and company management methods is currently limited. Today, many companies don’t consider it as a problem to show their growth, number of customers, or even revenues, although they are not obliged to do so, for example, by law. It is worth mentioning that every Google developer gets unlimited access to most of the code on the second day of their work.
Although it is believed that physical labor-related occupations will disappear in the first place, it is impossible to eliminate human factor completely. Contrary to appearances, managerial positions and those demanding high qualifications will be eradicated in the first place. Financiers are already giving room for algorithms. Similarly, simple programming works or contract texts will soon be replaced by neural network systems. The same concerns taxi drivers who will be replaced by autonomous taxis. Many occupations will be supported by machines that will replace the information and data acquisition process. Already today, there are software solutions that allow some employees to monitor their work and collect data on the processes or procedures they perform at work. For instance, TimeCamp is such a program. It enhances the productivity and efficiency of employees working on a computer by measuring the amount of time they spend on their tasks. Thanks to this information, managers or business owners gain the knowledge about how much of employees’ time is spend on particular stages of their work and detect “bottlenecks” in their business.