Forecasting the Future of Work
NGKF held their annual Forecast luncheon in January sharing their projected trends for the industry and submarkets. Of the most interesting and terrifying topics is the global trend of automation and AI taking over human tasks beyond manufacturing and production. They cited purchasing as one of the first gigs to be taken over by robots is purchasing, so say farewell to hours down the office swag rabbit hole!
What does this mean for the Creative Workplace? We found an article in Fortune that say we’re safe, even though 47% of jobs will be automated by 2033!
The creative economy is safeguarded from this paradigm change, seems the human element is what makes us creative.
Freaky as it may seem, older factory buildings are the building type of choice for the creative economy workers protected rom automation. An article by The New Yorker, sites this paradigm shift happening at the furniture manufacturer Steelcase, “housed in a refurbished factory, is a laboratory of workplace trends, with open floor plans and glass-sheathed work pods where people recline with their laptops or hover at standing desks. In the two Michigan plants that remain open, employees create metal components for furniture sets and conference tables in dozens of shades of wood veneer.”
Want to see where you stand? For an interesting exercise, try this quiz; Will a Robot Take my Job?