With the recession (very) slowly fading into memory, management consultancy firm Working Simply is predicting a reawakening of the American worker to the realization that a job must provide fulfillment and meaning, not just pay the bills. Carson Tate, founder and managing partner of Working Simply, states, “There is opportunity for everyone in this rapidly changing, often chaotic environment. However, it is up to each of us to push past our fears of disrupting traditional hierarchies and of failure if we are to find our own opportunities,” said Carson Tate. “Being bogged down in busy work, looking to ‘busyness’ to demonstrate our value will no longer serve us. The most successful people will find a way to embrace efficiency, identify their individual strengths, and move past ‘busyness’ to a more productive way of working.”
Broadly, Working Simply predicts that 2013 will find:
• The continuing trend of the diminishment of traditional business practices with more focus placed on results instead of in-office face time and seat time. Traditional office spaces will continue to decline and individual time management and productivity will replace the one-size-fits-all model.
• 24/7 connectivity will no longer be a bane but a liberating force to help workers connect, work, and be entertained anywhere.
• Technology will be further explored and exploited for productivity gains and stress reduction.