Workforce of the future – The competing forces shaping 2030

Editor’s note: Interesting piece of research from PWC into the future of work. What’s your view on the four possible worlds of work?

The End of Employees

Editor’s note: It’s happening. If organisations can’t automate it, they can outsource it to a freelancer. This is the trend that’s engulfing organisations. What will it mean for L&D? And what will it mean for learning and performance?

The Future of Work: It’s Already Here… And Not As Scary As You Think

Editor’s note: The good news is that there is a future of work. The challenge is to understand how and get comfortable with technology.

The 8 Immutable Laws that Govern The Future of Work

Editor’s note: Whatever the future looks like, if there is a role for humans then they will be working according to these eight laws.

Thinking about the Future of Work to Make Better Decisions about Learning Today

Editor’s note: This seems to be a well argued, and grounded, discussion into how work is changing and the implications for learning. It’s a long read but worth it.

How you can ride the wave of workplace change

Editor’s note: Some interesting insights into the future of work, which don’t look altogether positive.

Work in the Future Will Fall into These 4 Categories

Editor’s note: Whether you agree with the assertion of the article or not, I thought the five forces of change impacting on organisations are useful for reference especially the impact of the increasingly connected world on learning.

Can Human-Centered Design Help Humans Prevail Over Machines In The Workplace?

Editor’s note: This concluding line sums up the thrust of this article: “It is high time to see ingenuity, craftsmanship, and connectivity as the critical differentiators, and move toward a future where we embrace and usher forward human-centered work.”

The Future of Work: Navigating the Whitewater

Editor’s note: John Seely Nbrown says that unlearning is an important part of learning. I like this line ‘While focusing on learning is fine, another real challenge is unlearning. We know that in this age of exponential change, global influences and zigzag careers, the ability to unlearn in order to learn anew, and re-frame in order to see differently is paramount.’

Rethinking Work

Editor’s note: How far have we come since the introduction of scientific approaches to management asks Barry Schwarz. Does this piece resonate with performance management thinking? It feels like it does – are we making work efficient at the expense of purpose and personal fulfillment?

Living in the age of extremes

Editor’s note: Norman Pickavance asks some big questions of business in this article. In particular, what can UK organisations do to develop long-term, sustainable businesses. He contends that a two-tier workforce is not the way forward.

How Matt’s Machine Works

Editor’s note: WordPress creator Matt Mullenweg runs an enormous company virtually. This article lifts the lid on how Wordpress works and how employees get things done. If this is the future of work, then what is the role of L&D?

The future of work: Tech Yeah! vs Tech Meh!

Editor’s note: Is technological innovation speeding up or slowing down? This very well referenced article will take you to the core arguments for and against. Along the way are plenty of links to add more context.

In the future will we be working for an algorithm?

Editor’s note: Write up of a panel debate at last month’s SXSW V2V entitled the “Future of Work: Evolve or go Extinct”. Like this line: ‘The winners are those who can learn fast, have a strong network and the best online reputation.’