The workplace has evolved more in the last 10 years than in the 100 years prior, but we're only just beginning a transition that will completely redefine how, where, when and why we work.
Prior to the industrial revolution, work was a quintessentially human activity, valuing quintessential human skills. During the turn of the last century, however, work became more robotic, valuing increasingly robotic traits. The transition from a human-centric workforce to the industrial age also wouldn't have been possible without the introduction of workplace conventions and standards, many of which are still in use today.
After more than 100 years, however, those conventions and standards are beginning to crumble, with advanced technologies and automation ironically returning the concept of "work" to its human-centric roots. Now the most in-demand skills and attributes and the latest workplace trends and structures more closely resemble those of the pre-industrial era than those of the last century. As we enter the next chapter in the evolution of work, we can learn much about what's next by exploring what came before.