Have you ever wondered how our working world could change in the future? Today I’m going to show you four things that will probably be just as normal in a few years’ time as Cloudworking and Co. today.
Admittedly, you and everyone who makes “something with digital” the center of his professional life is the driver of professional progress. Everything that gradually leaks into other sectors in terms of innovations has its starting point in the digital industry.
The fact is that even what will come in future in broader social changes, will begin with us and already does it today.
Freelancing for (almost) everyone
In e-business, freelancing has long been a fixture with its own rules and needs. In fact, this form of self-employment has become the leading power in many sectors, because it represents the fastest, most favorable form of cooperation for both parties.
At this point, the future is just a sequence of logical steps:
- More and more occupations are digitized.
- More and more devices and machines are being automated and standardized across digital interfaces.
- Fewer and fewer people want to make work the all-important factor of their life around which everything else has to group.
Today it is the web designer who can offer his services as a freelancer globally. But tomorrow and the day after tomorrow it will be jobs that nobody on the screen would have today:
The car mechanic, who calls the fault diagnoses over the net (because the technology in the car already tells him exactly what is broken) and only a few days per month really must be in the workshop – today already a tentatively going business.
Perhaps also the industrial equipment operator, who controls a crane in one steel mill on one day and the next one an open pit backhoe – thanks to unified digital interfaces, this is no longer a problem.
Hardly a profession that would not be feasible without a classic employer-employee relationship. How immense the impact will be, you can not imagine today.
The salary question put differently
Do you know paragraph 107 (1) of the Gewerbeordnung? If you answer no and are not a lawyer, that’s not bad. The law says:
The remuneration is to be calculated in euros and paid out
Maybe not tomorrow, but definitely in the coming years and decades, this sentence will be more and more like a relic of the past. Maybe it will even be completely deleted from the law books.
Why? There are, one takes a look at the Plagorm bit wiki, already today several dozen established Kryprowhrungen. If you include the smaller ones, we are already talking about a tight three-digit number.
You probably also noticed in the latest news that even Facebook will introduce its own currency with the “Libra”.
All this tells us one thing:
Regular currencies, as we know them, as they existed since the beginning of the human monetary system as a state-controlled means of payment beyond barter, are getting more and more competition.
It is still at least a legal gray area to be paid in crypto. However, if states do not want to completely lose touch, they will not be able to get it out.
More and more people will do it anyway and no state wants to miss even a tax cent. Therefore, in the future it will probably be quite normal to find in contracts:
Please tick the way in which the remuneration is to be paid:
- Euro [ ]
- U.S. dollar [ ]
- Renminbi 
- Cryptocurrency  (please specify)
At home for the benefit of all
Do you operate an e-commerce operation? Then you know exactly how much money rooms cost. But you need them because you have to keep what you want to sell in stock – and maybe because the legislature makes far-reaching regulations regarding the space for your employees.
But think a little further: this principle, where you practically forced to rent large premises, is far from being the case everywhere – but everywhere entrepreneurs want to save money, that’s the nature of the thing.
And then think about the following points:
- Premises are a big point on the corporate fixed cost list.
- Not only in the urban area, but partly enormously large boom catchment areas around explode rents without end in sight.
- For environmental reasons, mobility will change more and more – but at the same time, not everyone is in the mood to use the alternatives beyond their own (electric) car, if only because it extends commuting time.
- What can really only be done in physical presence shrinks more and more thanks to digitization almost daily.
For the digital freelancer, it has been perfectly normal for years to work from the home office. If you believe the statistics, we are currently on the threshold of half of all German companies that allow their employees home office.
But these numbers will become much, much more. Video conferencing, cloudworking, work-life balance, all these are powerful arguments. And they are becoming more and more seductive to businesses because they will be able to dispose of vast areas that they otherwise need to rent out, maintain and maintain for in-house staff, depending on their orientation.
In fact, it looks like this: Virtually every job done from the desk can be done at home.
Showdown of employee recruitment
The shortage of skilled workers is already on everyone’s lips today. And he will most likely hardly die. This already ensures that companies really make an effort and have to provide numerous bonuses to get applicants.
But: If it really comes true and at some point in the coming years come the unconditional basic income, the employee recruitment measures of today, however, will act as a summer breeze compared to the winter hurricane.
- The factor “job as livelihood” falls away. One can dispute his life by the basic income.
- Most people who want to work, will relocate to what they really care about.
That the basic income comes is relatively likely – more and more people demand it, more and more experts confirm the benefits. Politicians can only bow to the people’s will if they do not want to be punished at the polls.
Companies of all stripes will then have no choice but to make themselves as attractive as possible. A big salary alone is only a minor measure. How exactly you attract applicants, if not about money, there are many opinions. In a few years, maybe we’ll see which principle works best.
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