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The future of work, according to employees

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Some workers expect the workplace to look drastically different in 30 years, according to a March poll conducted by Monster.com. They predict a four-day workweek, emails drafted by artificial intelligence and nationwide salary transparency.

Others, however, say they’ll still be working their usual 9-to-5 schedule, and perhaps facing increased burnout.

Below are those findings, as well as other highlights from workers’ predictions for workplace in coming decades.

 

By the numbers

 

12%

The share of workers who think the traditional 9-5 corporate work schedule will remain common. Most expect flexible work hours to become more common, and nearly half think four-day workweeks will become more widely accepted.

 

58%

The amount of workers who believe a hybrid model will become more common than other models. Beyond that, 29% think most jobs will shift to fully remote. Only 7% believe most jobs will return to full-time in-person work.

 

50

The number of states that will mandate salary transparency, according to 40% of workers.

 

40%

The percentage of workers who expect work-life balance to worsen. A similar share — 38% — expect it to improve.

 

70

The age by which most workers plan to retire. While 18% said they expect to retire at or before age 60, 28% expect to work beyond 70. However, the majority of workers — about 54% — anticipate retiring between ages 61-70.

 

53%

The percentage of workers who believe AI will play a major role in email communications. Even more believe AI will be able to conduct candidate screenings.

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