What will the future of work look like in the wake of the pandemic? That’s the question on a lot of people’s minds. Cheryl Cran, founder of NextMapping, is a future-of-work expert who spent years getting organizations future-ready. We discussed the sudden move to remote work and the likely future of work here in the United States in a recent conversation.
When asked if we were ready to all be thrown into remote work all at once, Cran gave a short answer: No. She then elaborated by saying, “Maybe 20% of industries were ready, and those industries that were ready for remote work were already primarily gig economy workers, so freelancers, companies like Upwork, freelancer.com, new start-ups,” and other organizations like that. That leaves the other 80% getting caught flat-footed.