Work 3.0 is already here, the train has arrived. Don’t get too comfortable because Work 4.0 just left the station and everything is going to change dramatically for Remote Workers.
In our lifetime or even in a few short years (Internet time) the work model is going to change dramatically.
How dramatically? Work 3.0 connected remote workers and teleworkers to their jobs, Work 4.0 is ripping the job out from underneath them.
The new world of Work 4.0 and the Distributed Agency Model will move the majority of workers from employees to freelancers, independent contractors, or some other form of entrepreneur in the Distributed Agency Model.
So what is the Distributed Agency Model?
To sum it up, the distributed agency model is a shift in how business is transacted. Businesses will move to a model with minimum overhead that distributes its work remotely to experts around the world who are specialized in their fields and work as freelancers, independent contractors or corporation to corporation entrepreneurs. I coined the term Work 4.0 to describe the Distributed Agency Model.
Here are a couple of good articles that go further in-depth on the Distributed Agency Model. Note, both articles discuss the Distributed Agency Model in the context of effectively using remote workers, whereas I propose it is a paradigm shift into Work 4.0
It’s not all doom and gloom.
I view Work 4.0 as a positive change for those who embrace it. The workplace has been moving toward this model for years. However, society needs to prepare in these areas to take advantage of Work 4.0
Workers need to adapt by:
- Losing the entitlement attitude that pervades most western societies. Your new competition just grew by billions of people.
- View yourself as an independent business, and always ask how you are adding value, even if you are still a traditional employee.
- Acquire specialized marketable skills and niche down into a specific market, and then position yourself as an expert in that market.
- Use new approaches to finding work such as Odesk, Elance, and social media.
- Understand the legal and tax advantages and disadvantages to being a freelancer or independent.
Society needs to shift by;
- Revamping education to teach the skills Work 4.0 will require.
- Updating the outdated, underfunded and ineffective social safety net and infrastructure, including medical care and pensions.
- Remove the red tape that hampers business formulation and simplify the legal and tax codes so the average Joe or Jane can understand it.
Remote Worker Daily will be discussing these concepts in more detail. The goal today is to introduce the concept.