Predictions for how work will change in 2017

Predictions for how work will change in 2017

Looking ahead to how the workplace might evolve next year, Fast Company recently reported on a number of changes forecast by CEB's human resource practice leader, Brian Kropp. Some of these are the continuation of established trends, while others may not have been on the radar for many business leaders.

Underlying these changes, according to Kropp, are the continuing repercussions from the 2008 financial crisis. In response to that crisis, organizations were forced to make cuts and find efficiencies to such an extent that in most cases they will not be able to get much leaner. That means making more fundamental operational changes in order to meet investors' growth expectations -- as well as to respond to other global forces shaping the business environment.

CEB's predictions for 2017 include:

  1. Private companies will take the lead in setting social policies;
  2. Artificial intelligence will displace more white collar jobs;
  3. Organizations will need to create new drug policies in the wake of California's approval of legalized recreational marijuana;
  4. New CEO compensation transparency rules will have the unintended consequence of alerting half of companies' employees that they are paid a below-average wage; and
  5. Diversity initiatives at some leading companies will begin to include those with intellectual disabilities.

What do you think is in store for the workplace next year?

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