INTEGRATIVE INSIGHTS
ON EMERGING OPPORTUNITIES

Integrative research means our extensive company research informs every thesis and perspective. The result is deep industry knowledge, expertise, and trend insights that yield valuable results for our partners and clients.

About the Author:
Corey Greendale
Managing Director
Corey Greendale is a managing director (office of the president) specializing in research and investment in software-as-a-service (SaaS) businesses, particularly in the future of work and learning technology sectors. He is a thought leader in his sectors, having authored several widely read white papers. He uses his industry knowledge and expansive network to uncover promising investment opportunities and help companies navigate their strategic paths and accelerate growth. His work has been cited for excellence in the Wall Street Journal’s “Best on the Street” survey, in Forbes, and in the Financial Times. Prior to joining First Analysis in 2000, he was a development analyst at Systema Corp., where he designed training programs for several large pharmaceutical companies. He earned an MBA with high honors from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa.
First Analysis Future of Work Team
Corey Greendale
Managing Director
James Macdonald
Managing Director
Richard Conklin
Managing Director
Matthew Nicklin
Managing Director
First Analysis Quarterly Insights
Future of work
The future of work is flexible
June 2, 2020
  • The world of work has been turned upside-down by COVID-19. While uncertainty rules, we believe it’s possible to extrapolate from trends that were beginning to emerge prior to the pandemic to a number of high-probability prognostications that portray a future of work that is more multi-modal, more flexible, and potentially more productive than work of the past.
  • We discuss several early indicators of how worker productivity is being affected by the new ways of working. We also highlight how demographic differences among segments of the workforce may influence the future optimal mix of new and traditional work arrangements.
  • These discussions point to promising areas of opportunity for technologies that address and capitalize on these changes, and we briefly highlight a number of companies providing these technologies.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Includes discussion of eight public companies and six private companies

Remote work changes near-term priorities

Near-term productivity may increase. Is it sustainable?

Does the present state of work foretell the future?

Employers mandating a one-size-fits-all approach will be at a disadvantage

M&A in 2Q20 to date emphasizes remote work

Remote learning a key theme in 2Q20 private investment

Introduction

As we publish our first Future of Work quarterly report, the world of work has been turned upside-down by COVID-19, with entire sectors of the economy all but shuttered, employers transitioning from traditional offices to 100% remote work almost overnight, and unemployment in the United States jumping from historically low levels below 4% to mid-teens reaches not seen since the Great Depression and its aftermath. Cast headlong into these murky waters, business leaders are beginning to move past the triage of quarantines and asking longer-term questions about how the pandemic and resulting economic dislocation will change the fundamental nature of the workplace, the workforce, and the relationship between workers and employers.

Under the circumstances, anyone claiming to know with precision what the world of work will look like in five to 10 years is either overconfident or a visitor from the future. However, we believe it's possible to extrapolate from trends that were beginning to emerge prior to the pandemic and that are likely to accelerate to varying degrees, to a number of high-probability prognostications that portray a future of work that is significantly more multi-modal, more flexible, and potentially more productive than work of the past.

To access the full report, please provide your contact information in the form below. A First Analysis representative will follow up with you shortly. Thanks for your interest in First Analysis research.
First Name required!
Last Name required!
Email required!
Unfortunately, your request to access the complete report has failed.

Please check the contact information you have entered.

If the form submission failure persists, please contact Person at (xxx) xxx-xxxx to handle your request. Thank you.
©2020 by First Analysis Corporation.
One South Wacker Drive
  ·  
Suite 3900
  ·  
Chicago, IL 60606
  ·  
312-258-1400