The future of work

Every now and then some organization seeks to predict the future of work.

Part of this long line of futurologists now includes Price Waterhouse Coopers.

The title of their ideas of what work will look like is 'Managing tomorrow's people: The future of work to 2020'.

A summary of what to look forward to includes:

Organisations operating in today’s world are facing some of the greatest people management challenges in the history of business: the talent crisis, an ageing workforce in the Western world, the rising demands for global worker mobility as well as the organisational and cultural issues emerging from the dramatic pace of change in the past ten years.

But how will these changes impact businesses over the next decade, and what other social, economic, environmental and demographic factors will have an impact on the world of work?

I'm not going to say whether such prediction will come true or not, because there is normally always a grain of truth in anything that is based on reasonable assumptions and a well-thought-out-methodology, but one thing always strikes me about mainstream accounts of work is that they, simply, gloss over the reality of work.

For example, there is no mention of trade unions in the report despite the fact that trade unions have been around since the beginning of industrialisation.

For more details of a working utopia see Managing tomorrow's people: The future of work to 2020 (downloading report involves minor registration process).

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