Future of work: teams


People that enjoy publishing and commenting on social media, rely on the feedback and replies of others. Together, as a team, they create their own unique piece of work, online and often for all to see.

So might your job allow you to work in a similar way?

If you belonged to a team of people, with each person contributing in their own specific way, then you would work together to complete projects. The project may have been requested by an employer. An employer that has recruited your team to get the job done!

Some might think this is just a business by a different name. But think about how businesses currently employ people. You don’t get to meet everyone you work with before your first day on the job. You might just meet the boss you will report to. What happens if employee relationships breakdown? How might the project be impacted, if a relationship between employees is strained or dysfunctional? So you see, teams and building teams isn’t the sole focus of a typical business. If it was then we might expect to see different recruiting practices that are more commonplace rather than the current practices that many people experience.


Some smaller businesses might be working like this already, mostly because it may be possible to introduce a new employee to everyone else in the business. Also, the business owner might deliberately recruit new staff, taking into consideration how everyone might work well together.

But it’s not just about working well together. What about being able to work with others across distances and time zones? Remote and flexible working, together make teams different from the way a traditional business might recruit talented people to do work.

Imagine you belong to more than one team. It may suit you to work in different teams. Perhaps this creates more control over your own time. For example, job sharing, is gaining popularity and businesses can even register for free on some business services, for example, Job Sharing Limited.

Also, employers might prefer to recruit teams that have a specific mix of skills and abilities, together, saving them time making up and managing their own teams. Providing flexibility and saving costs associated with management and HR might be attractive for some businesses or those employers that naturally have project orientated work.

Obviously there remain important considerations for recruiting entire teams, rather than making up the numbers with traditional recruitment practices, workers’ rights, and employer obligations to the workplace etc.

How might you be made more effective in a team by the training and qualifications you gain?

As an employer how do you support employees to be part of and build on the teams in your business?

This idea was taken from research by Gartner here: https://www.gartner.com/doc/2147018?ref=ddisp

For a more in-depth story about the future of work, check out this imaginary business in 2030: https://www.gartner.com/doc/3480817?ref=SiteSearch&sthkw=youth&fnl=search&srcId=1-3478922254