Preparing for the Future of Work

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As technology develops at an accelerated pace, cognitive abilities and tasks that were once thought to be reserved for humans are increasingly being carried out by machines, causing growing concern about the impact on jobs and the subsequent risks for government, business and people. In addition, globalization, demographics, climate change and geopolitical transformations are already making a significant impact on the work landscape.There is a window of opportunity now for individuals, business and government to understand and proactively manage the transition to a new future.

The Preparing for the Future of Work Project seeks to bring clarity to an often polarized and ill-informed debate on the future of work through the dissemination of accessible, balanced and sector-specific knowledge as well as the development of actionable insights to help business and governments manage these dramatic shifts. The project is doing this in three ways:


  1. Scenarios of the future: development of potential (but realistic) visions of the future that show what the work environment could look like, under various factors and policy choices.

  2. Reskilling and job transition opportunity space: Propose reskilling pathways for human capital in a disrupted industry or job to migrate to growing jobs or industries, collaborating with a wide range of data providers, to offer a realistic, specific view of reskilling and job transition opportunities.

  3. Transition management toolkits, dialogue and action: Create action-oriented toolkits to offer guidance for policy-makers and industry leaders on managing the transition to the new world of work, proactively shaping short-term, urgent issues as well as long-term opportunities and challenges.