The Future of Work

Technology is changing every aspect of our work. Working in the office is no longer the norm. Focus on the digital individual takes centre stage. Self- managing teams and future labs have more freedom and knowledge comes from everywhere. Are you ready for the future of work?

How do we build the ‘workforce’ of the future? As we gather knowledge and specialists from everywhere, a steady job will soon be a thing of the pas. Our 21st century skills take us all around the world. Robots and machines will take over the work that is now carried out by people. Would a Basic Income be the solution for 40% of the workforce? How do we build the workforce of the future? How do we trust and give employees freedom? This lecture can be combined with ‘Company of the future’. It can also be customised on request.

Topics that will be covered during the lecture


‘Quantified workplace’

To understand what makes one staff member perform better than another or how to help employees improve, companies need to become sensing organisations. Thanks to the IoT and sensor technology, as well as the omnipresence of mobile devices and wearable tech, limitless amounts of data about mood and stress levels are now easily accessible. This information about employee well being can be used to improve social dynamics and productivity.

Artificial intelligence

AI is evolving into intelligent assistants that help us work smarter. It is not the future of work – it is already happening today. These intelligent assistants, algorithms or chatbots, developed to replicate human conversation, can now also be implemented to personalise learning experiences, answer HR questions or recruit employees. As AI becomes more widely used in our private lives, expect to see similar adoption in the workplace.


Advances in robotics will replace many skilled trades: drivers, machinists, forklift operators, factory workers and even professions like surgery, dentistry and nursing will see smart machines replace human workers. High skill jobs like programmers, engineers, researchers, accountants and managers will eventually succumb to the rise of machines as well. In fact, very few jobs of any kind will remain available for the less than super-high skilled.


Blockchain is a powerful system, a networked database that enables the secure representation of things and transactions – from currency to property title deeds to front and back office processes, contracts and employee records. It records every transaction executed between the network’s participants and its possibilities are endless. Once Blockchain is as common as the Internet, social media and email, the workplace as we know it will have changed forever.

’21st century skills’

21st century skills include knowledge construction, collaboration, self-regulation, problem solving and innovation, skilled communication and the use of technology for learning. Studies have shown that people who have developed these skills are most likely to find rewarding and lucrative careers in the knowledge based economy of the future. They are also positively correlated with higher work quality.

Gig economy

The trend toward the freedom, or gig, economy has begun and there are various forces behind the rise in temporary jobs. In this digital age, job and location are no longer necessarily connected; people are becoming increasingly mobile and can work from anywhere. Providers can select from short-term projects and jobs around the world, while clients or employers can hire the best from a global pool of professionals.

Management of the future

The future of work requires a new type of manager, one who challenges the status quo and is willing to abandon 20th century ‘best practices’. There will be a move to flatter hierarchy as millennials are great team players and see hierarchies as outdated. They are result-driven and expect their managers to be the same. The managers of the future offer employees opportunities to develop new skills and explore new positions.

Company of the future

The company of the future is hyper connected. It closely monitors new developments and collaborates with startups, scientists and universities. It uses smart algorithms to analyse the world and employs a flexible workforce capable of rapidly developing new products, services or processes and offering support on complex issues. The company of the future requires accessible leaders who inspire, have new visions and are prepared to veer off the beaten track.

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Richard van Hooijdonk

International keynote speaker, trend watcher and futurist Richard van Hooijdonk offers inspiring lectures on how technology impacts the way we live, work and do business. Over 420,000 people have already attended his renowned inspiration sessions, in the Netherlands as well as abroad. He works together with RTL television and presents the weekly radio program ‘Mindshift’ on BNR news radio. Van Hooijdonk is also a guest lecturer at Nyenrode and Erasmus Universities.

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What did others think of this lecture?


The symposium ‘Pilots vs. Nerds, Airpower in the Information Age’ was a great success. Nothing but positive feedback from the participants. In no small part thanks to your commitment and dedication, we were able to achieve this result.

Alexander Schnitger
Lieutenant-General Royal Netherlands Airforce

Richard van Hooijdonk’s contribution to the congress was particularly dynamic and inspiring! The participants experienced recognition, awareness and certainly, a wake-up call. There were no signs of a post-lunch dip! In short, an excellent contribution through a highly professional performance.

Jan Struijs

Richard van Hooijdonk is today’s foremost trend watcher. He explores how the latest technological developments impact each aspect of our lives, providing an exciting and sometimes disconcerting view of our future. And make no mistake; the future is coming at us with the velocity of a comet. Not only is Richard a child of the future; he is a great storyteller as well.

Roelof Hemmen
Presenter RTL news and BNR news radio

With your presentation 'Trendz 2030' you awakened the customs organisation. At the end of the day it turned out that your presentation had made the biggest impression. You made sure the issues were put on Strategic Management’s radar.

Alex Drost
Customs and the Tax and Customs Administration

A dazzling journey through new technology. The enthusiasm and energy during his presentation, combined with the visuals, provided a successful kick- off to our event.

Patrick Steemers
Partner Deloitte

99% was incredibly enthusiastic and 1% very enthusiastic :)! You've caused quite a stir within the group. Well done!

Joost Gulden
Head of Sales Stedin

An impressive and noteworthy presentation for our employees and customers. The rate at which change is happening - which you eloquently brought across in your energetic speech - requires a disruptive approach. To be continued!

Rob Pols
CEO Atos

Enthusiastic speaker, a good and versatile story. Everyone was ‘wowed’ by the lecture.

Maarten Buikhuisen
Directeur Global Solutions Heineken

Great keynote that really opened our eyes. Sparkling and energetic, from beginning to end. Thanks Richard, for showing us this different view of the fitness market and its future.

Arjan van Dijk
Commercial Director Matrix Fitness Benelux

Richard has inspired us and given us food for thought through his ‘own way’ of presenting - characterised by humour and interaction. It gives people energy, stimulates creativity and encourages thinking in opportunities.

Marcel Grisnigt
Vice President Thales

A spectacular kick-off to our ‘Away Day’. With many examples, he shows which changes are necessary to keep up with the technological developments. The presentation sparked many discussions throughout the day and inspired ideas for follow-up actions.

Gerard Blom
General manager Deltares

Afterwards everyone was enthusiastic. Not only because of the way you illustrated the generic trends but also because of the way you applied them to the agricultural and livestock industry - the market in which De Heus operates.

Joost Belt
Global Director – De Heus

Richard knows how to interpret the new developments in an inspiring manner, while simultaneously outlining their impact. Our visitors were challenged and inspired. Richard, thanks for an exciting and 'wondrous-ful’ presentation!

Leo van den Ende
CEO Sigmax

A great story, interactive, supported by many facts and anecdotes. He has convinced us.

Peter Zoeteman
Managing Director, Maritime Technology

Richard is very interesting and a true visionary. He brings the future so close that you can almost feel it. We found it interesting to see where technology will lead and how it will change our company and our business models.

Jan van Megen
Country manager - Arjo Huntleigh

Richard van Hooijdonk provides a dazzling presentation on numerous technological developments and their impact on society and the economy. Credible, high-speed and to the point. Inspires to think and act.

Henk Geveke
Managing Director TNO Defence

With lots of energy, Richard inspired us about the bewildering future of ‘value-based’ healthcare at the Swedish Embassy in The Hague. Thank you very much!

Andreas Rentner
Swedish Ministry of Economic Affairs

Highly recommended for any entrepreneur who wants to move with the times or rather; keep ahead of the times. Very inspiring.

John Verhagen
Chairman of the Executive Board ABAB

Richard van Hooijdonk was the perfect inspiration and he encouraged everyone to have an open mind! His enthusiasm, positivity and many tangible facts make him very credible.

Tessy Erns
Chairman Association of VPM

The connections have been made. We now know how to participate, innovate and conquer new markets in a unique way. Thanks for the fantastic session.

Rob van Veen
Commercial director, Draka

Richard's enthusiasm and inspiration were contagious. We’re still talking about it. He gave us food for thought; it was great to be able to share in his passion. He brought the future closer!

Gerard van der Vegte
Director X-ICT

Such an energetic and enthusiastic speaker! From the first few minutes, the audience hung on his every word when he spoke about ‘the future of healthcare.’ Especially the way he personally deals with these developments got people talking. It was a perfect start of our annual staff conference.

Angeline van Dijk
Director - Zorg van de Zaak


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