One of the things that I think is going to happening as well, is that we’re going to see how organizations are going to shrink, right? And we’re seeing that because lots of different businesses are laying off people like crazy. So we’re going to see how these organizations are going to shrink. But what I keep telling people is that organizations will shrink, but workload won’t. So someone has got to do that work eventually, and the ones that I’m venturing that are going to end up doing this kind of work and this is something that, you know, its been mentioned all over the place, and what we’re starting to see more and more often is this, this giant massive networks of freelancers who gather, who basically gather around together on the work by connecting, by sharing, by learning amongst each other and eventually they’re the ones who hover around those small organizations right who offer indeed so… who offer the jobs that need to be done or the work that needs to be done.
Then these freelancers be it the best offer they can go and provide and then eventually they get picked up. They do their job and then they move on. I think that that’s what’s going to be the future of the workplace. So we’re going to see how a smaller… how we’re going to see organizations are going to grow smaller and smaller and smaller. Probably we won’t, we won’t even call them organizations anymore. And eventually the work is going to be done by all of those people around that particular small ecosystem. And what’s going to happen is because it’s going to be all more hybrid and its going to be all more fluid. People will actually be floating from one organization to another, in terms of ignoring completely things like corporate culture, like business processes for a particular business, because what may work for one organization may not work for the other; so they’re going to go like “why should I waste my time for something that I cannot pull over from one part of the area where I work to the other.”
So I think, from what you’re saying, I really like the idea of how organizations are going to be transformed and how we may now even not call them organizations. But I think that what we’re going to say is we’re going to see this major hubs of networks linking with other networks that’s part of that giant network that I’m going to be bidding for the work and I actually going to be doing the work.
And then people tell me “okay but that means that things will become a lot more fragile for the employee, for the “supposed” employee, in terms of, you know, benefit, in terms of workloads, in terms of whatever else.” And I keep telling them “well, not necessarily”, because what we’re seeing is that we’re going to be seeing how all of these freelancers, all of these change agents, they eventually will have more power to make their own decisions on what’s right for them and what’s not right for them.
I think that the key message there is going to be how capable are you of connecting, learning and sharing your knowledge with other people. That’s what’s going to give you the competitive advantage and that’s essentially what’s going to give you that net, that safety net that you can use to protect your new working environment so to speak. And if you look into the trends it’s really happening something like that in the U.S. I think I read sometime the other day how 40% of the active working population in the U.S. are freelancers. Already. 40%.
Yeah that’s huge. That’s huge. I think it was 40% and that’s basically a trend that is going to continue growing, because, like I said, organizations are going to keep laying off people because the number one cost reduction suggestion that they always go for is lay off people. And obviously that means that all of these people all of a sudden they are…you know, they’re very highly skilled, they have lot of experience, they have got some network that they have been working on already, and all of a sudden they’re on the street, looking for a new job. So what they’re doing is they all gather around, and they’re going to start helping each other find other places, and it becomes much more of a revolution in terms of how people will work together, because we will go from that organization or mentality of fighting and competing with one another, because that’s the way I get my bonuses, and they will fight because its only going to be one who gets the bonus versus everyone else, who are just basically going to go and help each other and care each other because the pie is big enough for everyone to have a piece.
It maybe a smaller piece, but that’s also going to help us reframe our living standards. It’s also that trend that seems to be going now all about you know living less, living more with less or doing more with less, in terms of instead, instead of constantly going with that mindset of consumerism in terms of buying stuff all over the place, really looking to the needs of what you need to buy. And if you can borrow it, if you can share it, if you can actually co-share the expense of whatever that happens, why not? Yeah that’s going to be an option as well so its going to also reframe how we think about owning stuff. So we’ll go not so much from that owning stuff into actually letting stuff, or hiring stuff, or sharing stuff, which I think is going to be very empowering because its going to kill the number one gamification elements that we have in the corporate world nowadays which is basically fat bonuses, that only a few have access to and that destroys the morale of everyone else in the organization.