Future of Work

How we work will primarily depend on our current phase of life

This post is part of a 9-article series on the future of work from Emma Wanderer's perspective. Packed with insights and statistics, we give you a glimpse into our view of how we humans will shape and lead our working lives in the future.

Hypothesis 2: How we work will primarily depend on our current phase of life

The extent to which we choose to work in a hybrid way and do mobile work will significantly be influenced by our current phase of life. Remote work will mean a different thing for singles starting their first jobs, for couples with an entrepreneurial background, or for families in employment with, let’s say, two kids.

Hybrid forms such as three office days and two days working from home will be normal. We will also see monthly cycles such as three weeks in the office and one week off-site. Other temporary models will also be established such as the rediscovery of the classical Austrian "Sommerfrische" (a summer retreat where people temporarily move from the city to the countryside for the summer months; not only for recreation but also for newly inspired work).

There are different motivations for more flexible work options: career starters and younger talents will expect work flexibility in conjunction with job stability from their employers. Professionals with no family ties, freelancers, and solopreneurs will increasingly want to be able to work flexibly and minimalistic from the road - at least for a period of time - completely location independent as so-called digital nomads. Professionals with families will insist on working from home and other flexible forms of work, like extended weekend getaways and summer retreats. According to a McKinsey survey, only 8% of working professionals with children want to return to the office entirely.

You see, there are different motivations for more flexibility in your working life. Nevertheless, there are good reasons to demand it in every stage of life. Emma Wanderer is also here to increase your options - stay tuned!

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