Tomorrow’s workers: both an independent and an employee, attached to a company but with more autonomy

The start-up “Oser Rêver Sa Carrière” (dare to dream about your career) hosted at the Villa Bonne Nouvelle in Paris, supports people wanting to build or rebuild the career of their dreams. From her privileged position of observation, its founder Marina Bourgeois imagines just who tomorrow’s employees might be.

“I’ve been struck by one thing since I founded Oser Rêver Sa Carrière: the people using our services are motivated by finding their purpose. This is not just a transient trend. Employees are looking to build a career in line with their values and personal ethics, their desires and their personal constraints. In addition to finding meaning, they also want more autonomy and flexibility, to achieve a better balance between their professional and personal life.  

We’re therefore seeing a strong attraction towards more creative and authentic vocations, such as those relating to the land and craftsmanship, the environment or personal development… Many of the people we help are looking to be more independent and have more control over what they do. Even those looking for more traditional employee roles are still expressing strong expectations!  

In order to respond, companies must transform their recruitment and working methods. I would sum this up as four key priorities. Freedom and autonomy: by offering employees teleworking, mobility and part-time opportunities… New technologies: for more flexible ways of working (mobile workplace, Cloud solutions, collaboration tools, videoconferencing etc), all while respecting people’s right to disconnect. Creativity: working in project mode which offers people greater autonomy and responsibility and encourages intrapreneurship. An atypical career path: responding to employees’ wishes to change roles and jobs within a company.

I’m convinced that tomorrow’s employees will have a non-linear career. They’ll radically change roles and maybe even professions several times during their career. Nowadays, young graduates are better prepared for it: schools and universities are encouraging their students to multiply their skills and experiences so they can be more adaptable and flexible.

To build these career paths, with some side-tracks along the way, employees will have new digital tools to help them: social networks to identify or even create opportunities, communication and collaboration tools to work in new ways … I think tomorrow’s employees will have much more freedom in their roles and tasks. They’ll work where they want, with greater creativity and more say in what they do. They’ll adopt a new status, of being both an independent and an employee, attached to a company but with more autonomy.”

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