What's the definition of an optimist?
An accordion player with a pager.
Not only is that joke old, it’s technologically obsolete. And hilarious.
We’ve all seen technology transform the blue-collar employment landscape in recent years. But if you think your job is safe because you sit at a desk, think again. Digital advances and artificial intelligence are poised to disrupt the world of white-collar work as well.
As with any disruption, there are upsides and downsides. The difference, in our company and career, can be as simple as an attitude shift.
Think back to 2007. Who knew what a “smart” phone was? Ten years later, it’s an indispensable device. Telephone operators? Gone. Payphone repair technicians? Waiting for an emergency page about a service call.
We all used to spend time trying to find a payphone to make a call. Now we use that time to accomplish more important tasks. And if those operators and technicians future-proofed their careers, hopefully they went on to more rewarding work.
And for your company, the future is now. You must look up and decide if you’re a go-to or a has-been business. And understand that with either choice there will be pain.