On the 21st of November, Alpha Catalyst held a Future of Work roundtable discussion at Common Ground Taman Tun Dr Ismail. The rise of digital has shifted the way we live and work. Current technologies have enabled many to adopt a digital lifestyle when it comes to travel, food, entertainment, knowledge and many more. At the workplace, the rise of cloud computing, collaboration software, algorithms and artificial intelligence are changing how organisations work and create value and grow. Simultaneously, talent expectations are changing, resulting in significant implication on how organisations function and how people are managed.
The round table discussion delved deeper into the future of work in the digital age, distilling what organisations can and should do to future proof themselves. We brought in together views from prior global conversations, local thought leaders, organisation leaders and startups, with an aim to explore future trends and opportunities in and around the future of work in Malaysia over the next decade.
Starting off the session, Azim Pawanchik, Alpha Catalyst’s Innovation Strategist, shared light on the future of collaboration. Organisations would need to leverage on digital tools and algorithms for cognitive automation. After that, Kevin Allen, Chief Community Officer of OpenExO, then highlighted the importance of exponential thinking and OpenExO’s 11 attributes to be an exponential organisation. The rise of the gig economy was discussed by Alejandro Kikuchi, the Head of International Growth of Workana. Being the number 1 freelancing platform in Latin America, they have witnessed the shift first hand. Alejandro also shed light on how Unilever, one of their biggest corporate clients, leveraged them for project-based talents. He shared the resistance he observed during the embarking, but now- even the most resistant departments also utilise Workana. Ru Sow, Common Ground’s Head of Operations, presented the shift on the workspaces. Apart from the flexibility and the social element of co-working spaces, their membership offers multiple benefits with their partners.
After the sharing session was completed, Tim Jones, founder and director of Future Agenda, took over for the roundtable discussion. He started off by explaining the Future of Work cards, the trends & potential challenges that would impact large organisations. Each group then were distributed a deck of cards, and they were required to categorise the cards according to impact level (low, medium and high). Tim then evaluates and opens the room for discussion once the cards were arranged according to ratings. After the group activity, each individual was given ‘hearts’ to vote on which trend will be happening in Malaysia. The top 5 trends were:
Huge thanks to our awesome Future of Work participants from Maybank, UMW Corporation, Academy Science of Malaysia, OpenExo, Touch N Go, Sunway, Sime Darby Plantation, Bank Negara Malaysia, Cense Media, Wholesome Leaders, SCS, PNS, UTM, Futurise, Common Ground, GoGet & Workana!