How Should We Prepare for the Future of Work?

How Should We Prepare for the „New“ Work Landscape?

The work landscape has been highly influenced by such factors as geopolitical transformations, demographic changes, globalisation, and technological advancement.

On certain aspects, technological innovations have brought numerous benefits to organisational workforces. These benefits include high-skilled work, enhanced skills, networking, and elimination of unnecessary, hazardous tasks. However, it is technology that has led to the dismissal of cognitive skills and abilities from organisation. This has posed threats to people, governments, and businesses, as countries continue to experience a decline in jobs.

Fortunately, governments, businesses, and individuals can now take advantage of the available opportunity to manage the shift to the future in relation to work. The rolled-out initiative on preparing for the future of work enables workers to make an informed, collaborative, and timely action that will see them remain relevant to the changes in the work sector. Workers that will be equipped on how to manage the fourth industrial revolution are the only ones that will stay employable and productive with the anticipated changes.
Here are some achievements that the Prepare for the Future of Work Initiative seeks to pursue.

Building Industry-level Taskforces

To get ready for future changes, there is a need to bring together industry leaders who can create a future-proofing roadmap to tomorrow’s industrial outlook. The mandate of these taskforces is to identify gaps in today’s industry as well as the opportunities available today. The taskforces can then provide a long-term solution that realigns today’s workforce on an action-oriented agenda. But who exactly are the members of these taskforces?

The taskforces will comprise of trade unions, government representatives, reskilling experts, education experts, and executives from the Initiative’s partners.

Developing and Making Critical Recommendations

There are particular jobs and skills that will be employable in the future. While preparing for future changes, it is fundamental to identify skills, abilities, and jobs that will sail through the years to come. To do so, the Prepare for the Future of Work Initiative seeks to analyse data from relevant research sources to develop insights on the future of work. The team will also hold consultation meetings and group discussions to come up with key points that are critical in preparing employees for the future. The entire process is guided by Preparing for the Future of Work Industry Accelerators.

Reorganising Systems for Change

The future of work comes with dynamic changes, including new organisational structures, contracting, and incorporation of technology in the running of company operations. Using the information, analysis, and data collected from discussions and research sources, Preparing for the Future Work Initiative targets to have systems reorganised. This is to make all workers suitable for predictable and unpredictable changes in the future.

System reorganisation involves implementing changes in recruitment programs, skills, certifications, and a shift in the work ecosystems. Members of this Initiative are in collaboration to see targeted reskilling and upskilling programs put in place. They also have recommendations to have new standards and certifications implemented in relation to new skills.

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