1. The role of
governments as builders of human capital: I think one of the intriguing
questions in the future of work is the extent to which governments around the
word will strive to influence the working patterns and type of work of their
citizens. Of course it’s easier for smaller countries than for larger, and for
those with a shorter history of industrialization.
2. Increased Asian mobility
of talent: The group believed that the country barriers which inhibit the
movement of labour across
3. The rise of pandemics:
One of the themes we have not
factored in yet is the way in which joined up globalisation will increase the
extent of pandemics and how this will impact on work in the future.
4. Differential home
based work: Like the
5. Mentored by a robot? We talked about the increased need for mentoring and coaching in this virtual, home based world. People really want to know how they are getting on and have the opportunity of talking through their problems. But does this person have to be real? What about being mentored by an avatar?
6. A return to Victorian values? Everyone agreed that more and more relationships will be virtual. So what are the compensation mechanisms? In this new world of work where will communities be formed, and what role will organisations play? Will the company increasingly be the social hub for people? We heard how the founder of Unilever built communities for employees with libraries, art galleries and social clubs. Will this be the new role of companies – the place that connects people?
7. The parent-less
generation? Perhaps one of the most
interesting conversations we had was around the experiences of young people. In
8. Will companies always discourage good parenting? Right now many corporations have implicitly discouraged good parenting. Of course this is not explicit – but the extent of travel, the long hour’s culture, the weekend working makes it really hard for anyone to be a great parent. One of the ideas we discussed was whether in the future some companies will actively play a positive role in supporting good parenting. Here are some thoughts. Actively encouraging employees to build family ties. Creating targets (like KPI’s) for parenting –‘how long did you talk with your kids this week? what did you do this month to support their self confidence?’. Making a hot-line for parenting skills and anxieties. Sounds far fetched? Perhaps its time the pendulum to swing back?
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