Microsoft’s ‘Modern Work’ Guru On What’s Next For Work

Jared Spataro's team is driving research to predict and shape the future of work. "This is literally a once-in-a-generation moment."

When it comes to the workplace and work, one thing is a certainty: whatever happens next will have technology at its core. That much is self evident in the wake of the Covid-fueled productivity revolution we’re only now beginning to understand. But what will that mean, practically, pragmatically? How will tech reshape behavior and operations in the decade to come? And how do you get a leg up on rivals in taking advantage?

Joel Hammer, Managing Director at consulting firm Protiviti, sat down with Jared Spataro, Corporate Vice President of Modern Work at Microsoft to discuss the future of work to 2030 and beyond. Spataro leads Microsoft’s Modern Work team, which is dedicated to helping every person and organization navigate the shift and adapt to the new world of work.

Spataro’s team is driving research to help predict and shape what the future of work will look like across industries while also delivering new products and features within Microsoft 365 that will enable everyone to thrive.

The conversation is part of an ongoing project, VISION by Protiviti, which is diving into global business leader sentiment about a host of “big-picture” trends that will reshape the world in the coming decade.

Key highlights:

  • 4:50 – We need the equivalent of a digital fabric that binds the organization together. That used to be a visionary statement. It’s not a visionary statement any longer. My employees expect to be able to work from anywhere, and I’m never going to have all of them back in the same physical space again.
  • 9:40 – A high percentage of employees them say that they feel very comfortable in digital spaces, and they’re ready for more innovation. Companies are still not quite sure what to make of all of this, so it’ll be interesting to see it play out.
  • 19:50 – I like to start with the moment. If I have a chance to speak to someone who has decision-making authority at any level, I like to emphasize that this is literally a once-in-a-generation moment.
Joe Kornik is Director of Brand Publishing and Editor-in-Chief of VISION by Protiviti, a content resource focused on the future of global megatrends and how they’ll impact business, industries, communities and people in 2030 and beyond. Joe is an experienced editor, writer, moderator, speaker and brand builder. Prior to leading VISION by Protiviti, Joe was the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Consulting magazine. Previously, he was chief editor of several professional services publications at Bloomberg BNA, the Nielsen Company and Reed Elsevier. He holds a degree in Journalism/English from James Madison University.