Publisher & futurist Guido van Nispen about the rise of artificial intelligence & the next era of remote work
In these pandemic times, we have colossal work and workforce issues: many more people are unemployed and a substantial economic pressure on companies will suppress hiring.
At the same time the scale of the required replacement and reskilling processes is enormous: According to the World Economic Forum at least 54% of all employees will need reskilling and upskilling by 2022. Due to the corona virus outbreak this number will very likely increase even more.
What will also be observed is a permanent increase in working-from-home models, with more and more employees demanding home office. According to a survey by the Australian community platform Airtasker, productivity is on the rise in the home office with remote employees working 1.4 more days more per month than their office-based counterparts. This results in more than three additional weeks of work per year.
Although productivity does not seem to be the problem, employee engagement and satisfaction in a dispersed work environment could become one. The current challenges for companies to reskill their workers as well as making sure people are working remotely successfully, offers exciting opportunities for startups:
To put it in a nutshell
Great ideas are born in a down market. Never before have the access to free online resources been so ample. These are amazing times for entrepreneurs who are offered a gigantic new market overnight to be disrupted.
The market for workforce tools is relatively limited exploited and was not prepared for this moment in time. It is one of the markets where high social impact goes hand-in-hand with high margin and high growth.
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