Gartner Research

Future Worker 2015: Extreme Individualization

Published: 27 March 2006

ID: G00138172

Analyst(s): Betsy Burton, Diane Morello


Future Worker 2015 will individualize his or her work environment by assembling personally selected tools, information and learning resources, and by tapping into wide-ranging social networks to enhance performance, productivity and trust.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • Introduction
    • Changes in Work Behavior Through 2015
  • From Mass Customization to Extreme Individualization
    • Future Worker 2015 Environment Takes Shape
    • Young People's Use of Consumer Technology
    • Baby Boomer Impact: Multiple Careers, Continuously Creative
    • The Technology Elite Leads the Way
  • Implications of the Future Worker 2015 Scenario
    • Implication: The Rise of the Global Village
    • Individuals Shape Media: "We Media"
    • Awareness of Global Similarities, Disparities Increases
    • Inventiveness Spreads into Developing Economies
    • Trusted Peer Networks Become the Glue
    • Workplace and Organizational Dynamics Change
  • What Business and IT Leaders Must Do
    • Map Types of Work to the Knowledge and Learning Required
    • Count on More Collaboration, Less Alone Time
    • Capitalize on Social Networks
  • Global and Economic Trends Affecting Worker Behavior
    • . Mythbuster Scenario 1: Government-Funded Benefits Go Bankrupt by 2015
    • Mythbuster Scenario 2: Catastrophic Event
  • Conclusions and Recommendations
    • Impact Predictions for 2015

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