state of work sneak peek
September 13, 2018

2018-2019 State of Work: Sneak Peek

What gets in the way of your work most often?

What is the most common source of conflict at work?

What percentage of the day-to-day aspects of your job is automated?

Would you rather forget to brush your teeth or get 50 pointless emails?

Do you consider yourself an accidental project manager?

These are just some of the questions we asked in our 2018 State of Work report, now half a decade in the making. For five years, we’ve dug into the nuances of the modern workplace, finding out what challenges us today as well as what helps us work smarter.

This year, we surveyed more than 2,000 workers in the U.S. and more than 2,000 workers in the U.K. All respondents work on a computer, collaborate with other people on projects, and are employed by a company with at least 500 employees.

So, what did they say?

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For now, we’ll highlight just three of the hundreds of data points we gathered:

  1. We’re hopeful for the future, but we’ve seen automation destroy jobs. Even though 48% of us say we know people who have already lost jobs because of automation, we’re hopeful that increased automation will give us more time to innovate.

  2. We’re looking for digital tools to manage modern work. 51% aren’t using a work management platform but would like to. Our survey found that this is especially true for millennials — workers near the beginning of their careers.

  3. We struggle to find time to innovate. 58% say we’re so swamped with day-to-day work that we don’t have time to think. This point is especially interesting considering that our survey also shows that employers expect team members to innovate. In other words, employers expect innovation, but don’t always carve out time for it.

Taken together, this year’s State of Work shows a workforce that is aware of the challenges they face while remaining hopeful for the future.

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