As new forces driven by technological advancements rapidly reshape the world of work, we are forced to rethink our future. The future of work represents many opportunities to recreate the world we live in, but it also presents significant challenges that could lead to an increase in inequalities if not well managed.
How well we respond to these changes will require collaboration across different industries. This goal is well aligned with the mission of the AI Asia Pacific Institute in encouraging cooperation while enabling a future by design.
FutureWork Studio is well ahead of the curve in opening new opportunities to all while designing the future of work. The company is on a mission to create a world in which technology enables more flexible and satisfying work lives. They achieve this by helping organisations adapt to the rapidly changing world and in building a greater understanding of the changes when it comes to the future of work.
While most organisations are thinking about the future of work, many struggle to move from traditional operating models to the more agile and flexible ways of working required to succeed. This is the challenge FutureWork Studio is working to solve.
Vincent Vuillard and Joanne Fair, the founders of the organisation, believe that as technology adoption and the pace of change moves even faster, organisations that are well prepared to pivot quickly will win.
FutureWork Studio is developing various AI-driven platforms that enable change to happen at scale while unleashing workforces and transforming organisations at exponential rates.
A global shift in business priorities, capabilities and remote working has triggered the need to rethink and change the way work happens. The reality of COVID-19 has accelerated this process even more. Organisations were pushed to adopt new technologies and employees in adapting to change overnight. The conversation around the future of work is no longer an option, but it becomes critical to many organisations and employees trying to navigate the pandemic.
As questions around whether this “business as unusual” could be the future of work rise, we are increasingly being led to recognise that these longer-term effects of the pandemic are likely to stay. Many large organisations have stated their intention to embrace the transition to online working long-term. While it’s certainly challenging that the lines between working time and private time have become blurred, it is counterproductive to reject this inevitable process. The right approach should focus on how to best navigate this transition. Understanding this enlightens us to the fact that we have an opportunity to better design our future.
While the pandemic has accelerated the future of work in a positive way, it has also revealed challenges and exacerbated inequality. The question of how we can embrace these new work practices while mitigating social and economic risks can only be answered through an increase in collaboration. Designing the future of work might be a tool in helping us to come out of this pandemic more resilient and stronger. We look forward to being able to encourage this process in partnership with FutureWork Studio.