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Jul 23, 2015

50% of occupations today will no longer exist in 2025

According to a CBRE study (Fast Forward 2030: The Future of Work and the Workplace), emerging trends in the workplace point to a revolution in the way workplaces operate in the next fifteen years. We will see a revolution in how we work and a corresponding change will also take place in the way we plan and think about our workplaces. These developments will be driven mainly by technology.

”Workspaces with row of desks as we know them today will become completely redundant. In the Czech Republic, offices are already starting to be adjusted to satisfy evolving employee and company needs. For example, we transformed our CBRE offices in Prague’s Palladium to a ‘New Ways of Working’ concept. Our employees choose where they work in the office. They can work in a quiet office, behind a standard working desk or on a comfortable sofa. As a result of more freedom but also responsibility, our employee engagement, productivity and collaboration between employees increased,” said Bert Hesselink, Operations Director & Head of Workplace Strategies at CBRE.

What will be the key for creation of Workplaces in the future?

Artificial intelligence will transform businesses and the work that people do

  • Process work, customer work and vast swathes of middle management will simply disappear: 50% of occupations today will no longer exist in 2025

  • New jobs will require creative intelligence, social and emotional intelligence and the ability to leverage artificial intelligence. Those jobs will be immensely more fulfilling than today's jobs

  • Workspaces with row of desks as we know them today will become completely redundant. Not because they are not fit for its purpose, but simply because this purpose no longer exists.

For employees, purpose is more important than financial success

  • There is a significant and global trend amongst all people, particularly the youth, towards happiness, purpose and meaning being as or more important than financial success

  • Corporations will not only need to be lean and agile, they must be authentic to attract talent: authentic in their values and in making a real contribution to the social good

“The ability to attract and retain top talent will be the top competitive advantage for businesses in 2030, followed by innovation, adaptability, and technology adoption. The design and organization of the new workplace will be the key to achieving this,” Bert Hesselink added.

Young people interviewed for the report clearly indicated that the workplaces of 2030 will contrast starkly to the workplaces of today and will offer a wide variety of quiet retreat and collaborative settings, each ideal for a specific kind of job or task, or designed to suit a specific personal work style. In particular, young interviewees suggested that workplaces of the future will need to support worker health and wellbeing, in line with all industry experts and business leaders interviewed for the study. The budding industry of wellness in buildings will grow rapidly in the coming decade.

About study

For this study, 220 experts, business leaders and young people from Asia, Europe and North America shared their views on how workplace trends will impact business, evolve work practices and continue to revolutionize how, when and where work happens.