The Future of Work is what we make of it. That’s why we talk to our colleagues on a regular basis. We want to know what their everyday working lives are like, what they expect from the world of work, and how they imagine the working world of tomorrow. What possibilities of future work environments can be explored using technology? As a bonus, we also get very personal insights into the everyday lives of our colleagues. Read all about them and their views on the Future of Work in these interviews.
Ahmed Hashem is Salesforce Administrator at Zenjob. He started with a fascination for technology and the possibilities it opens up. Now he likes discovering different opportunities for team members as well as talents and trying to maximize their potential.
As we’re integrating more with tech and virtual work, don’t create values to monetize the people, create them to humanize the business.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
Well, at five I wanted to be a waiter just because I was impressed with our neighbor’s waiter skill (Abo Rasha) in holding 30 cups at once.
Then it changed to astronaut. I think it had something to do with this deep dark unknown mystery, all the universe secrets and possibilities. Until today I still feel how majestic and mesmerizing it is out there. After that it changed to a becoming a programmer. I was still a kid when I saw a computer for the first time. With a small keystroke it was exploring the unknown of the universe. Eventually I added both fascinations up and decided to become a scientist. In a way I wanted to really use this amazing technology to get beyond my reach and that’s why I joined science school at university.
Has anything changed in this desire?
Let’s say it’s now a merger of all the desires. I’m now working in the tech field with a scientific mindset. At Zenjob we’re reaching for Talents beyond all the traditional workplace methods and barriers where now even the day-to-day life can be as mysterious as the big universe out there. It’s our job to discover how far can we go to get Talents closer to opportunities.
I’m still keeping astronomy as a hobby, maybe I’ll open a cafe on the moon later.
If you were your boss, what would you change in your daily work setup?
I’d focus more on communication with team members and maximize their potential. It’s more important for me to connect with people and support them, because this helps growing the business and the individuals in an exponential form. Additionally I’d involve stakeholders more in the process, so we can all see the big picture and give more time to creative planning than executing.
What three adjectives describe for you what the future of work will feel like?
Discrete: it’s getting more specific every day for industries and market areas serving new customer needs.
Virtual: A laptop with good connection and some crazy ideas are enough to disrupt a market from anywhere.
Mental-health friendly: While we’re learning new lessons from this pandemic, the new focus in workplaces now is mental health. We’ve seen how this is a great investment for a business’ most important asset: its people.
Would you rather…
… work in the office or at home?
Always work in the office.
… have a boring job and a lot of money or an exciting job and less money?
Have an exciting job and less money.
… blend work and private life or keep work separate from private life?
Have a clear distinction between work and private life.
Interesting, right? You might also want to read about Jakob’s point of view on the Future of Work.