This is the second stage of the Evolving Workforce research, commissioned by Dell and Intel. The first report in the series, Evolving Workplace Report 1, kicked off with initial insights from 21 experts at the top of their field. Technologists, consultants, analysts, futurists, recruitment specialists and organizational psychologists came together to identify and discuss seven trends or hypotheses driving change in the workplace:

  1. Crowdsourcing and Crowdsource services – will the workplace of the future involve thousands of people working in different locations?
  2. Productivity measured in output, not hours – will there be a move towards measuring workers’ performance in quality of output and not just in hours?
  3. Changes in the adoption of devices – are employers going to allow increased end-user choice?
  4. Intergenerational kiss and punch – will there be friction in the workplace between the younger digital savvy workers and older generations?
  5. Values vs. rules – technology is increasingly pervasive and companies can monitor workers at any time – will this mean an environment of mistrust in the future?
  6. Many hats of the IT manager – the pace of technological change is getting even faster so will this require a new breed of IT manager?
  7. Employee-led Innovation – how do you capture great ideas from wherever they may come from in a company and conversely how do you stop employees spending too much time innovating and then dropping the ball on work that needs to be done today?

This second report, Evolving Workforce: The Workforce Perspective, validates these 7 trends through global survey of approximately 8,360 workers across 11 countries spanning multiple verticals in both the public and private sectors as well as across varying organization sizes. The findings in the survey are presented at a global and country level, and compared to each proposed hypothesis.

In the third and final report from the Evolving Workforce Research series, coming later this year, experts will revisit and provide commentary on the survey results.

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