As virtual speakers who give keynote speeches at meetings, tradeshows, conferences, and events, one of the most frequent topics that we’re asked to weigh in on is the future of work.

Noting this, when working with virtual speakers, it’s important to consider the topic of what’s next for workplace trends and innovations from several angles.

For example, let’s take a closer look below.

What do you think the future looks like for work?  Will we continue to live in a hybrid world? As a futurist, what’s your thought on this?

To put things in perspective: According to SHRM, half of workers want their next position to be a remote one – a figure that’s only expected to grow. Asked if they’d like work remotely at least part time, 97% of employees said yes – and 7 in 10 say their companies already offer at least part-time remote work options. From McKinsey to Gallup, poll after poll is clear, and as virtual speakers can tell you – people are embracing flexwork and only want more of it.

In other words, the genie is out of the bottle – and isn’t going back in: Thanks to rapid-fire advances in technology made over the past two years, it’s clear that the future of work will be more remote, hybrid, and digital. But while job postings have returned to – or in some cases are exceeding – pre-pandemic levels, continuing labor shortages may see over 85 million positions go unfilled by 2030, costing organizations as much as $8.5 trillion. Like virtual speakers often remind: Faced with growing hiring constraints, business leaders have no choice but (as they routinely do with core programs and offerings) to give their HR and workforce management strategies a next-gen upgrade.