Where and how we work, and what we work with, are undergoing rapid changes.
We used to stay at the same workplace most of our lives. Today, many of us regularly change workplaces and careers, and life-long learning is required to keep competences up to date. Routine work tasks are increasingly automated in both physical and cognitive work, leaving the more interesting, but also more complex tasks to human workers. In the ‘gig economy’, steady employment is increasingly replaced by project work, short-term contracts, and uncertain employment futures.
Workplaces are being transformed to reflect the new ways of work with more changeable tasks, changing work groups, more mobile work, a greater focus on work-life balance. Stress has become the most common reason for long-term absence from work, and workplaces must change to meet this challenge.
With rapid advances in robotics and artificial intelligence, an open question is if automation will destroy more jobs than it creates. Are we heading for a future of mass employment and a winners-take-all economy, or will there be meaningful jobs for everybody in the future?
Below you can browse our technology-related articles, publications and client cases.
A Farewell to Routine Jobs?
Automation is causing the disappearence of more and more routine jobs. What will the consequences be for the future labour market?
Company Towns are Back!
Remember company towns? In the 19th and early 20th century these towns were owned, financed and managed by private companies, mostly big industrialists trying to ensure a sufficient supply of labour while limiting the social unrest that was common in the large, polluted and polarised cities of that time. With the rise of the welfare state, company towns were either ‘normalised’ or demolished. But with the recent political, economic, technologic and social changes they are re-emerging.