At the start of a new year, it’s common to make predictions about trends for the coming months. Predictions are based on emerging trends, sociopolitical and market factors, etc. Given that a new year isn’t usually that different from the previous year, these are often safe predictions.
But what does the future hold for culture in roughly 10 years?
Looking Far into the Future
In some ways, it makes more sense to look at a broader horizon when making these predictions—after all, company culture is notoriously slow to change. It would be difficult to change company culture in a year within a single company, so predicting trends across multiple industries or companies would be even more difficult.
This topic is very broad, so we’ll split this into a few separate posts. Here, we’ll look at one prediction: Teams will be more diverse and inclusive than ever.
Growing Diversity and Inclusion
“As a shortage of knowledge workers forces organizations to cast a wider net for talent, tapping new regions or underutilized demographic segments, cultures will need to focus on inclusion to create harmonious, productive work environments,” says Gwen Moran, writing for Fast Company. She predicts that technology will play an increasing role in collaboration among diverse individuals across geographic boundaries and time zones.
Interestingly, Moran also predicts improved technology will play a role in reducing implicit bias. For example, participants can see their own biases through their reactions to simulated interactions using virtual reality, gamification, and other tools.
Companies are already seeing the real benefits of growing a diverse workforce—and cultivating a diverse market. In fact, multiple studies illuminate the positive role diversity plays in spurring innovation—a trend that is likely to continue for some time, as the prediction suggests.
By predicting what workplace culture will look like in the future, companies can get a head start on either resisting the changes they don’t think fit with their organizations or getting themselves ready for the inevitable. Here, we’ve looked at the first of five predictions; in two follow-up posts, we’ll look at the other four.