In celebration of Future of Work Week, check out this list of international influencers that will help you keep abreast of all the latests news and developments in this dynamic area.
To mark Future of Work Week here at Siliconrepublic.com, we’ve put together a list of top people giving insights into this dynamic area from a variety of different perspectives.
Whether you’re passionate about keeping employees motivated or you’re eager to find out what the next generation of technology is going to look like, there’s bound to be some influencers that you should keep your eye on.
Tara Levins is a managing director in Accenture’s consulting practice and is currently the future workforce lead at Accenture in Ireland.
Levins is extremely knowledgeable about how organisations are coping with the fundamental workplace shifts driven by new technologies and the steps they need to take to equip their people to work with intelligent technologies.
When it comes to rapidly growing areas like the future of work, it can often be fruitful to listen to the words of someone who has a front row seat on the action, such as a venture capitalist.
Rebecca Lynn is co-founder and partner of venture capital firm Canvas, and most of the firms she invests in will have an impact on the future of areas such as finance, AI and machine learning, among others. If you’re looking for some inside knowledge on the companies making the future of work a reality, Lynn’s first-hand perspective should do the trick.
Providing much-needed advice for companies on how to survive the future of work is April Rinne, the founder of April Worldwide, who was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2011.
Her advice for companies will keep you informed on standards and best practice, so that you don’t feel like you’re being kept in the dark while stepping towards the future of work.
Why are people quitting their jobs?
4 key words: No flexible work options.
Fascinating insights by FlexJobs on the #futureofwork and workplace #flexibility. Well said @sarawsutton!https://t.co/BZu9MkFuiR
— April Rinne (@aprilrinne) August 23, 2019
It would be a misstep to talk about the future of work without mentioning the future of company culture. A large facet of the discussion is focused on cultivating atmospheres in which both employers and employees are getting the most out of an organisation.
The person to follow if you’re looking to keep up to date on all news on the topic is Jeremy Scrivens, managing director of the Emotional Economy at Work. Scrivens is a reliable voice on the matter, given his work with clients to help them build positive social environments. To top it all off, he’s a notable transformation facilitator and future of leadership coach.
Popping up as one of the major names on many future of work influencer lists is Jacob Morgan. He’s a best-selling author, keynote speaker and business advisor, working with companies such as Samsung and Microsoft.
Perhaps his most relevant endeavour is his Future of Work podcast. Running on a weekly basis, it gives listeners the chance to hear him interview different people in the field.
Luke Robert Mason
The thoughts of a researcher could also help keep you informed on all things future of work.
Luke Robert Mason looks at technology and cyber-culture, and is director of the Virtual Futures conference. He provides the voice of a younger influencer, with a keen eye for genuine trends and stories.
Thoroughly enjoyed talking about the future, the metamordern generation, emotional intelligence and jetpacks with @johnhiggs at @VirtualFutures #VFSalon. Video coming soon, but in the meantime be sure to pick up his new book #TheFutureStartsHere pic.twitter.com/bnMvX1rvW6
— Luke Robert Mason (@LukeRobertMason) May 21, 2019
With so much literature out there around the future of work, it can be hard to filter it down to the articles that you actually want to read. Alan Hosking can help you there.
As the executive editor of HR Future, South Africa’s top human resources publication, Hosking tracks down and curates content that shines a light on what the future of work will look like.
Are you a fan of TED Talks and hearing your influencers explain their thoughts through speech rather than tweets?
Martin Ford goes beyond Twitter character limits to deliver interesting talks, such as his piece on how we’ll earn money in a future without jobs. A software developer, entrepreneur and author, Ford voices his concerns on the future of work, which might be of interest if you’re looking for a variety of perspectives on the topic.
If you’re seeking some tips on how to look after yourself as the future of work gets closer and closer, Shelly Kramer fills her feed with advice on personal advancement.
Her ideas could give you some food for thought amid the sea of information crashing about right now on how companies, rather than people themselves, will have to transform.
Kramer’s thoughts are informed by her knowledge as the CEO of marketing firm V3 Broadsuite.
RT @fow_media: If you’re not sure which employee benefits to offer or whether it’s really worth the effort, here’s what you should consider. https://t.co/2MC2JFY7FL #futureofwork #EmployeeBenefits pic.twitter.com/tNZf6NutCf
— Shelly Kramer, Six Five Summit Event Summer 2020 (@ShellyKramer) September 17, 2019
Delivering insights from an academic position, Ted Coiné goes the extra mile for his followers, with advice on looking forward in business.
Having previously been an author and consultant, Coiné is now a professor of entrepreneurship and customer experience at the Lorenzo Walker technical college in Florida.
What about the people who will lead us into the future of work? Nilofer Merchant has been an executive, board member and consultant for Fortune 500 companies for the past 25 years.
An author and speaker, she was named the number one individual most likely to influence the future of management by Thinkers50. Keeping an eye on her tweets might help keep you inspired while scrolling through your feed and, at the same time, highlight some of the people paving the way for future working.
Probably the most important decision I've made in the last 6 months is who gets to be in the inner circle. I had to realize that nurturing one's own cultural, social context isn't selfish, it the key to doing good workhttps://t.co/vrWWi9JnQG
— Nilofer Merchant (@nilofer) September 6, 2019
How can we be sure that the future of work is in good hands? You can follow Jennifer McClure to get a look at who the trailblazers might be, and what kind of changes they’re planning to implement.
McClure is the CEO of Unbridled Talent and DisruptHR, where her ambitions include helping leaders embrace the future of work and leverage their influence to create positive, lasting change.
Another important area is the future of human resources. Everyone wants to know how technology will impact our processes that are traditionally so human-centric.
If you want to keep yourself on top of the latest updates around that, you should follow Nabomita Mazumdar. She was named one of the top 25 influential women on Twitter and is a well-known, and well-applauded, voice when it comes to the future of work, human resources, and women and children empowerment in India.
Claire Cain Miller
If it’s gender equality you’re passionate about, Claire Cain Miller could be the influencer for you.
Miller is a staff writer for The New York Times, where she covers all things gender and future of work. Through her account she delivers social and political commentaries on what she believes the future workplace will look like and the roles that men and women will play.
The work of @PikaGoldin has shown that across occupations, this is the key to closing gender gaps — giving people control over when and where their work gets done. https://t.co/kAFDSMdoQF
— Claire Cain Miller (@clairecm) August 21, 2019
Dr Anita Sands
Dr Anita Sands is a global technology and business leader, speaker and writer.
With a wealth of business experience behind her, Sands is now a tech disruptor and a vocal advocate for gender equality and diversity, especially in the technology industry.