2015 edition: The future of work in 27 powerful charts

At least once a year, I collect the most interesting data and charts I’ve seen on the future of work into one long blog post. The only qualifying criteria is that they must have made me think deeply about the future of work. If you missed the 2014 edition, you can find it here.

For this edition, I’ve collected 27 visuals. These are broken down into seven sections:

  1. Productivity growth and R&D investment
  2. Interesting stats on employee behaviour, tenure and work habits
  3. Jobs growth (the real drivers)
  4. The mobile evolution, user experience and design
  5. Females continue to be the driving force behind economic growth
  6. The ongoing evolution of trust (and marketing)
  7. The freelance workforce

1. Productivity growth and R&D investment

1A. Productivity growth is becoming less and less evenly distributed

1A Productivity growth is becoming less and less evenly distributed

Source: https://hbr.org/2015/08/productivity-is-soaring-at-top-firms-and-sluggish-everywhere-else

1B. The firms driving productivity growth aren’t necessarily startups

1B The firms driving productivity growth aren’t necessarily startups

Source: http://www.oecd.org/economy/the-future-of-productivity.htm

1C. Growth in R&D investment varies dramatically by region

1C Growth in R&D investment varies dramatically by region

Source: http://www.strategyand.pwc.com/global/home/what-we-think/reports-white-papers/article-display/2014-global-innovation-1000-study

1D. Knowledge assets weathered the crisis (GFC) better and recovered earlier

1D Knowledge assets weathered the crisis (GFC) better and recovered earlier

Source: http://www.oecd.org/eco/growth/OECD-2015-The-future-of-productivity-book.pdf

2. Interesting stats on employee behaviour, tenure and work habits

2A. Average job tenure is longer than most people expect

2A Average job tenure is longer than most people expect

Source: https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/nine_facts_about_family_and_work_real_final.pdf

2B. Employees typically quit around the date they started work

2B Employees typically quit around the date they started work

Source: http://blog.entelo.com/new-entelo-study-shows-when-employees-are-likely-to-leave-their-jobs

2C. The composition of the workday is changing

2C The composition of the workday is changing

Source: https://hbr.org/2013/09/make-time-for-the-work-that-matters/ar/1

2D. Perceptions around “working from home” have changed

2D Perceptions around “working from home” have changed

Source: http://www.gallup.com/poll/184649/telecommuting-work-climbs.aspx?version=print

2E. More people are working from home than ever before

2E More people are working from home than ever before

Source: http://www.gallup.com/poll/184649/telecommuting-work-climbs.aspx?version=print

2F. But there’s still a strong business case for teams working from the one location

2F But there’s still a strong business case for teams working from the one location

Source: http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/high_tech_telecoms_internet/getting_the_most_from_r_and_d_teams

3. Jobs growth (the real drivers)

3A. Consumption growth over the past 30 years has been heavily focused on services

3A Consumption growth over the past 30 years has been heavily focused on services

Source: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/business/companies/blender-wars-why-sellers-of-stuff-are-stuffed/

3B. And jobs have followed consumption

3B And jobs have followed consumption

Source: http://www.slideshare.net/kleinerperkins/internet-trends-v1

3C. Non-routine cognitive jobs have been the major driver of jobs growth

3C Non-routine cognitive jobs have been the major driver of jobs growth

Source: http://www.slideshare.net/kleinerperkins/internet-trends-v1

3D. We’re in new territory now: Unemployment has never previously grown in such a sustained and slow way

3D We’re in new territory now- Unemployment has never previously grown in such a sustained and slow way

Source: http://thomasthethinkengine.com/2015/08/06/unemployment-something-important-has-changed/

4. The mobile evolution, user experience and design

4A. Mobile usage continues to grow explosively

4A Mobile usage continues to grow explosively

Source: http://www.slideshare.net/kleinerperkins/internet-trends-v1

4B. We unlock our phones on average 150 times per day

4B We unlock our phones on average 150 times per day

Source: http://www.slideshare.net/kleinerperkins/design-in-tech-report-2015

4C. The growth of mobile is making design (and user experience) more and more important

4C The growth of mobile is making design (and user experience) more and more important

Source: http://www.slideshare.net/kleinerperkins/design-in-tech-report-2015

4D. Human attention spans are dwindling

4D Human attention spans are dwindling

Source: http://advertising.microsoft.com/en/cl/31966/how-does-digital-affect-canadian-attention-spans

4E. Digital consumption erodes long-term focus

4E Digital consumption erodes long-term focus

Source: http://advertising.microsoft.com/en/cl/31966/how-does-digital-affect-canadian-attention-spans

4F. This lack of focus is also damaging work life balance (we’re working longer because we’re working less efficiently)

4F This lack of focus is also damaging work life balance

Source: http://advertising.microsoft.com/en/cl/31966/how-does-digital-affect-canadian-attention-spans

5. Females continue to be the driving force behind economic growth

5A. Earnings growth by gender

5A Earnings growth by gender

Source: https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/nine_facts_about_family_and_work_real_final.pdf

5B. Female managers are better at engaging their employees

5B Female managers are better at engaging their employees

Source: http://www.gallup.com/businessjournal/183026/female-bosses-engaging-male-bosses.aspx

5C. Men are actually working less now than in 1965

5C Men are actually working less now than in 1965

Source: https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/nine_facts_about_family_and_work_real_final.pdf

6. The ongoing evolution of trust (and marketing)

6A. As the world gets more complex and interconnected, who we trust is changing (which has big implications for marketing)

6A As the world gets more complex and interconnected, who we trust is changing

Source: http://www.edelman.com/2015-edelman-trust-barometer-2/trust-and-innovation-edelman-trust-barometer/global-results/

7. The freelance workforce

7A. The size of the freelance market (US)

7A The size of the freelance market (US)

Source: http://www.slideshare.net/oDesk/global-freelancer-surveyresearch-38467323/1

7B. The biggest barriers to freelancer growth

7B The biggest barriers to freelancer growth

Source: http://www.slideshare.net/oDesk/global-freelancer-surveyresearch-38467323/1

7C. The work benefits that Millennials value most

7C The work benefits that Millennials value most

Source: http://www.slideshare.net/kleinerperkins/internet-trends-v1

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