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Are you 'future-fit' for the 2030 workplace?


In a new release, Bianca Solomon, human capital manager at USB-ED, said: “As the world of work rapidly evolves, the predictions made for 2030 may be realized even sooner than we anticipate.”

“Fundamental shifts are already taking place in how talent will be perceived in meeting the needs of the 2030 workplace.  Forward thinking leaders should look to embrace the benefits that technology and AI will enable in the working world of tomorrow and empower themselves with the learnings to be able to step into the future with confidence," she continued. The release explained further on the changes expected in 2030:

Job roles

The World Economic Forum (WEF) predicted that 35% of the skills required for jobs today will change by 2030. And that 65% of children born today will pursue careers that don’t currently exist. On that note,  you could see new roles such as a digital death manager, a microbial gut bacteria balancer or even an urban shepherd.

According to the release, industries predicted to grow the most fall under information technology (data, AI, machine learning, etc.), caregiving – especially as people are predicted to live for longer, education, management, medicine, smart product design and entertainment.


The release stated: "You’ll be hired through on-demand apps that match your skills to prospective employers (Uber for talent management) – perfect for a primarily outsourced workforce."

"Additionally, all your medical, lifestyle and performance data will be in a central global database you can seamlessly share with HR managers.  AI in HR will ensure a fair hiring process, with algorithms that eliminate unconscious bias and pick up pay disparities between genders, for example," it added.


Most of your colleagues are also likely to be outsourced specialists capitalising on the gig-economy - this means you’re probably going to be flitting between employers and teams.

“Strong interpersonal and soft skills will stand you in good stead as increasing weight is placed on cross-collaboration between all facets of a company. Plus, a flatter hierarchy means most people operate on a similar level,” it said.


Co-operative workspaces will have quiet zones mapped out for the mood you’re in. For example, a creative red room could have floor-to-ceiling screens for immersive inspiration, while there could also be collaborative spaces for physical meetings or virtual reality catch ups.

Performance Management

With technology fast driving the industry, AI will play a big role in performance management. In fact, Humanzye already uses smart ID badges to track how well employees interact with each other.

AI could help minimise meeting requests and automate many of the niggling day-to-day tasks that take up so much time. It’ll also collect the data that proves performance and helps guarantee promotions. 


The importance of information technology and ingenuity to catalyse quick idea generation will demand strong talent- and change management strategies. This means that innovative executives with good problem-solving skills will be seriously sought after – making executive training a must for companies and ambitious talent. Managers will also rely on AI to continuously provide data on staff performance to ensure a team is meeting its KPIs and to reward excellence.

“While no one can predict the future, the best way to be prepared for it is through continuous learning and training,” USB-ED recommended.

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