The problems facing work are robotization and the quick redundancy of skills. Once you learned a skill that lasted you for life, but now a few years after learning it you need to retrain. Robots are taking jobs. Where will all this lead?
Big business will press further with robotization, but there is a self-limiting element to this process, for as people are rendered jobless by robotization, they will be less able to purchase the goods that business makes, causing declining profit ,and so the businesses may not be as able to automate as they would like. The market for personal robots, like robot butlers, will stall.
But deprived of work the people will not be content with bread and circuses, as was the population of ancient Rome, they will turn their hands to crafts. Just think of what has happened in Detroit, as jobless workers take land and cultivate it. Not everyone can cultivate, but there are a range of other skills that can be exercised. A counter-economy of small traders will arise, parallelling the large industrial economy and in competition with it. Of course, big business will try to use lobbying and political influence to undermine the counter-economy, but we must be ready for this and resist their attempts firmly.
Agriculture is a case in point. Large farms are oil users, in their tractors and in the fertilizer that they use, which is oil based. As oil fails, a farming model will collapse. Some big farms will survive, but they will do so against the tide wich is to go for small scale, intensive production, not at the expense of the earth, but in harmony with it. The extractive economy, which takes from the Earth and gives nothing in return will be failing, though those who benefit from it will desperately cling on. Permaculture and organic production will become the norm, by default, as the farming model which opposes them collapses.
Pressure on food supplies will see movements to green the cities, so we will see the growth of community gardens, green walls and green roofs. Schools will have their own gardens, and food production will become a high status job, I hope.