What’s Trending in the World of Work: Reaching Peak Productivity Across Generations

The world of work is constantly evolving as new generations enter the workforce and new expectations form around how work is defined. Amid these changes, leading execs and thought leaders are sharing their perspectives on how to be more productive and set your team up for success.

But you may already be drowning in work, so how do you stay on top of the latest insights and news? We’ve got you covered.

Here are three standout articles that address top issues and provide unique points of view on the world of work.

There Are Now 5 Generations in the Workforce—Can They Work Together? | Fast Company

For the first time, five generations are coexisting in the workplace, combining fresh perspectives and experience. Richard Bailey, president of HP’s Americas region, acknowledges that this diversity of generations presents a challenge of creating cohesive and productive teams.

While every generation has their own perspective on work, Bailey writes, “Technology can help build a future of work that is beneficial for everyone, and by applying the right types of innovation, organizations can hear all employees and solve many of the issues that arise within a multigenerational workforce.”

He challenges organizations to embrace an age-diverse workforce by leveraging technology to create clearer communication channels and allow for greater collaboration and ideation.

Why we like it: This article touches on many generational aspects of the workforce that influence every organization today, from talent sourcing to how they think about collaboration tools. Many stats cited in Bailey’s article align with the generational findings in Upwork’s Future Workforce Report.

How Do You Define a Leader’s Role in a Project-Based World? | Chief Executive

As work structures shift and more people choose to freelance, project-based work is redefining how we approach work. Michael Burdick, CEO of finance site Paro, positions that the C-suite will need to focus on project-based work divided into smaller tasks to best leverage skilled expertise.

He points to four traits that foster the project-based work:

  • A growth mindset
  • Transparent and consistent communication
  • A fast-fail mentality
  • Empathy

Keeping pace with tomorrow’s workforce requires evolving just as talent continues to evolve.

Why we like it: To truly embrace all the skills at their disposal, companies need to think about breaking work into bite-sized pieces that talent with different niche skills can complete. With this mindset, companies will find they’re actually able to accomplish more than with a more traditional approach.

There’s an Optimal Way to Structure Your Day—and It’s Not the 8-hour Workday | Quartz

The eight-hour workday was born during the industrial revolution when the number of manual labor hours needed to be limited because the factory floor work was so intense. Yet today, that same approach is still applied in very different work settings.

Turns out the magic productivity ratio is actually about an hour of work followed by 15 minutes of rest. If you divide the classic eight-hour workday into these productivity intervals, you’ll get into a smooth rhythm of accomplishing more and letting your body restore before starting the interval again.

Why we like it: Working classic 9-to-5 hours doesn’t always work for everyone’s schedule (hello freelancing lifestyle) or their mindsets. This article touches on many aspects of flexible work that enable people to reach peak productivity more often.

What recent articles about the future of work have inspired you? Share them and how they influenced you in the comments section below.

The post What’s Trending in the World of Work: Reaching Peak Productivity Across Generations appeared first on Upwork Blog.

Read more >