Is a 4-day workweek already too long?
Governments and businesses across the world are exploring four-day workweek options. The future of work involves embracing technology and shifting human energy away from productivity measured in hours chained to a desk and toward new solutions that reward creativity and innovation. This is already evident in the rise of entrepreneurialism and remote working.
“Nouveau Occupationalism,” the new art of defining work models and titles, has opened a new chapter in how we relate to occupations, with changes in terms of engagement, titles and job descriptions. The new expectations about performance, productivity and profitability goals have produced major global changes. Just as the invention of elevators eventually led to skyscrapers and air conditioning allowed for densely populated buildings, now video call culture has liberated the workforce, offering more choices with regard to communication.
The well-rested mind is full of creative potential, and fewer workdays allow us to better engage with entrepreneurial goals. While the last century was all about time and motion studies aimed at improving productivity, today the focus has shifted to “mind and emotion” with the goal of preparing the workforce to survive in the globally competitive marketplaces of the future.
The future will call for an entrepreneurial mindset. Business survival is not about how many people punch in on time and sit in an office but about how many minds can function freely at maximum potential, working on specific goals and targets.
Developed economies responsible for creating advanced corporate bureaucracies are eliminating sluggish processes. Managers are being replaced by automation, floors are shrinking, and cyberspaces are being created through clouds. Business models unable to face this fierce speed of change have no runway left.
Across the world, billions of workers were either displaced due to the pandemic, replaced due to automation or misplaced by human resources not matching their skills with the right jobs.
Economic growth will require special capabilities to mobilize, deploy and differentiate various mindsets. Post-pandemic transformations will be less about swapping saddles for car seats than about adapting our behaviors to new occupational value systems. Across the world, this is now emerging as a revolution of human productivity and real value creation.
• This is now your own private battle. Find your craft and master it. The rest is easy.