Technology is changing almost everything about the world we live in. It’s also changing how we work.
Whether you’re managing a large company or working within a small shop, planning for the future isn’t just smart. It’s also critical in staying competitive.
These 10 industry analysts have smart ideas about the future of work to share. Following their conversations can help you plan for what’s next.
Meghan M. Biro
Each week, she hosts a podcast and Twitter chat in which she interviews industry leaders about topics such as human resource management, fall conferences and love in the workplace. Biro also travels to conferences, where she gives talks on how managers can prepare for a new generation of workers.
Cheryl Cran is the founder of NextMapping, a company that helps teams prepare for the future. Cran’s role involves onsite training, and she travels all around the world to give keynote presentations about how technology will change the way we work.
Cran has also written a book, “NextMapping: Anticipate, Navigate, and Create the Future of Work.” She writes blog posts for her company’s website, and she also curates posts written by other industry experts.
Grasso is an active Twitter user, and each day he shares many posts about digital transformation and the intersection of work and technology. He also writes about emerging technologies, including blockchains, on his company’s blog.
Jacob Morgan is the author of books like “The Employee Experience Advantage.” Morgan also works as a keynote speaker, and he holds talks all across the globe about how technology and work intersect.
Morgan interviews business leaders about how they’re managing their companies, and digs deep into how different organizations either embrace or ignore the challenges a changing workforce will bring. He also keeps a close eye on what researchers say about the future and how companies are responding now.
Benjamin Pring is the vice president and director of Cognizant’s Center for the Future of Work. He is the co-author of two books: “What to Do When Machines Do Everything” and “Code Haloes: How the Digital Lives of People, Things, and Organizations are Changing the Rules of Business.”
Previously, Pring was a vice president at Gartner. There, he conducted research on cloud computing. Pring has devoted much of his career to analyzing how technology will augment how we work.
Previously, Rosenblatt worked for the U.S. China Business Council, and he spent 10 years as a manager at Microsoft. He also worked as the executive director of a nonprofit technology consulting group. This deep tech background gives Rosenblatt insights into how the future of work might really look.
Andrew Spence is a faculty member at the Blockchain Research Institute in Canada. His research centers on how blockchains will impact human resources and recruitment. If that form of innovation interests you, Spence deserves a follow.
“A new infrastructure for work is being built where individuals own and control their verified career credentials,” he writes in a piece for Human Resource Executive. “This will change how we find workers, suitable work, manage our careers and our organizations—and of course, changes most of our current HR Tech infrastructure.”
Arjen van Berkum
In addition to his COO duties, van Berkum is a columnist and speaker. Often, he writes about how technology helps workers cut inefficiencies and remain productive.
In an excellent post on his company’s website, van Berkum says companies should embrace the challenges and opportunities involved in digital transformation. “It is the road to a productivity increase, improved customer relationships, greater insight into valuable company data, and the ability to quickly adapt to market trends,” he writes. “A smart approach would be to build business and IT strategy simultaneously. This would result in tight alignment, growth and a competitive edge.”
Vivek Wadhwa is a distinguished fellow at both Harvard Law School and Carnegie Mellon University. He’s written many books, including “The Driver in the Driverless Car: How Our Technology Choices Will Create the Future.”
Wadhwa often writes about how technology might streamline work and make tasks easier. He also writes about how some types of technology could impede our productivity and happiness at work.
In one blog post, Wadhwa writes about tools like Slack and how they keep workers glued to their phones. “Unfortunately, humans can’t easily deal with such flows of information,” he writes. “The barrage of notifications crushes efforts to perform thoughtful work requiring quiet, space, and uninterrupted mental effort.”
Nigel Willson worked at Microsoft for more than 20 years as a strategist and architect. Through his work, he helped organizations understand what they needed from technology. Willson uses that knowledge as a speaker and prolific publisher.
Willson often talks about the intersection of work and artificial intelligence. “I wish someone had told me about the exponential nature of the technology we are creating and to prepare for a wild ride, the rate of change and disruption is really gathering pace and showing no signs of slowing,” he told Marktechpost in a 2018 interview.
If you’re interested in learning more about how AI might change your work, Willson’s could be a good voice to listen to.