Top Ten Work Trends Quarterly Updates

A diverse group of SIOP members are serving as Trend Champions for the people-related work trends that SIOP members collaboratively predicted to be the most impactful in 2021. Each Trend Champion has expertise in and professional passion for their trend subject. SIOP appreciates their service to the profession in providing quarterly updates on their chosen topics.

Find the full list of topics and links to the other Top 10 Work Trends here

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The Latest on Trend #8: The Future of Work

Eric J. Sydell, PhD
2021 1st Quarter Update

Discussion of the future of work centers on two major topics: the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on work automation and the gig/contractor economy. Of late, SIOP member Michael Couch spoke to a third topic to be added to the list: the pandemic and its eventual recovery. 

Technological and organizational progress are inevitable; we humans are driven to achieve. There is much to herald in our advances, and yet there are significant risks for individuals and our workforce. These include the need to reskill and upskill as available careers evolve, greater inequality, and supporting those whose jobs have been automated. The investor and technologist Kai-Fu Lee is advising organizations to prepare for AI-related disruption, and I/O psychologists are providing a holistic and updated systems framework that offers guidance on how macro-level trends in technology, climate, globalization, and more may impact the future of worker health and wellbeing. SIOP member Kevin Knifflin and his team recently published a broad review of the impact of COVID-19 on work, workers, and organizations that provides insights into relevant issues and guidance for future research.  

The upcoming SIOP annual conference includes a number of sessions related to the future of work including:
● Obstacle or Opportunity for the Future of Work: The Age-Diverse Workforce
● Beyond AI and Automation: (Often Overlooked) Challenges for the Future of Work
● The Future of Recruitment and Selection: The Pandemic and Beyond
● Human-Agent Teams Will Revolutionize the Future of Work: Implications for I-O

About Eric Sydell

Eric Sydell is an industrial-organizational psychologist, seasoned entrepreneur, and skilled consultant with more than two decades of experience working in the recruiting technology and staffing industries. An expert in artificial intelligence, machine and deep learning, psychometrics, and their practical application in hiring, Eric regularly writes and speaks on these topics, both in the media and at academic and industry conferences, worldwide.   Eric was one of the founding scientists of Shaker International, an innovative hiring consulting and solutions firm, where he directed research and innovation. He currently serves as Executive Vice President of Innovation at Modern Hire, where he oversees all research and product innovation initiatives, including the data science-focused Labs team of PhD-level I-O psychologists and data scientists.