The Dark Digital Future of the Cubicle Warrior
Sounds a bit scary eh ?
So let’s say you work in an office, call center or whatever, you love it and would be happy to work there for the rest of your life. Not my cup of tea but, (without being too in your face) I want to tell any cubicle warriors, don’t get comfortable in that comfy little office cubicle because if my calculations work out to be correct, your job may not always be there for you, and it maybe disappearing sooner than you think.
Let me explain a few of the factors in the direction I believe everything is going.
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Last month I was doing a bit of recruitment, looking for another Philippines full time home based virtual assistant. Part of my process for whittling down the applicants, (so I only have to interview the best) is that successful applicants have to take a special half-hour exam that I have created and tweaked over time. Some of the questions in the exam are for me to get an idea of their personality like, ‘4 pictures that you could see your self putting up in your own house’ or ‘4 quotes that inspire you’. But there are some questions in my exam that are testing their research skills. And it’s the answers to these questions, added with a few other ingredients that leads me to concluding that, the traditional ‘job’ is doomed.
The answers to some of these questions just blew me away with the depth they have gone into. When given the task of finding information about a particular subject and condensing it into a short presentation, the detail and professionalism is just amazing.
These are mostly Filipinos in their mid-twenty’s and they are seriously on point with the virtual assistant thing. (although some of them are not so good) Armed with a just a PC and working from home these guys will one day be taking your job.
Once the all the big corporate companies get fully on board with outsourcing and they iron out the bumps, your job is gone.
And as a double combo downer, check this out….
It Has to Change.
Take a real futurist look at the situation. Right now today it does not make any sense why companies have to pay to run these massive buildings to home hundreds of thousands of workers who have travel to work burning up the ozone. This expensive energy wasting way of working simply can’t continue forever. And as technology develops we are coming to a point where there is no reason why any traditional office worker should have to actually ‘go’ to work anymore.
Your job is safe for now because I reckon that some time in the next 10 years working remotely will become widely embraced. It’s happening right now.
I say, bring it on.
It won’t be long before you can have a full time job where instead of ‘going to work’ you login to work via your iphone and the possibilities are endless.
Just to throw another absract angle at you check this out, The Futures of Military Cubicle Warrior – Marionettes of Digitalized Warfare
Then once the cubical warrior thing blends with remote work comes the whole new era of books and blogs about ‘Remote working Hell – How to escape the ‘Digital Cubical’.
What’s your thoughts on where you think this ‘internet merging with work‘ thing is going ?