Future of Work

The world of work is changing. Artificial intelligence, automation, and robotics will make this shift as significant as the mechanization in prior generations of agriculture and manufacturing. While some jobs will be lost, and many others created, almost all will change. Read the research, insights, and innovative ideas that are shaping the future of work.

What does the future look like?

Article - McKinsey Global Institute

What’s next for remote work: An analysis of 2,000 tasks, 800 jobs, and nine countries

– Hybrid models of remote work are likely to persist in the wake of the pandemic, mostly for a highly educated, well-paid minority of the workforce.
Article - McKinsey Global Institute

What 800 executives envision for the postpandemic workforce

– Responses to a McKinsey global survey of 800 executives suggest a disruptive period of workplace changes lies ahead due to acceleration... of automation, digitization, and other trends.
Article

The future of work in Japan: Accelerating automation after COVID-19

– Digitization has played a key role in reducing the spread of the virus and promoting a safe recovery. Now, it’s even more... critical to the country’s longer-term economic health.
Report - McKinsey Global Institute

The future of work in America: People and places, today and tomorrow

– The health of local economies today will affect their ability to adapt and thrive in the automation age.
Discussion Paper - McKinsey Global Institute

The future of work in Europe

– Beyond COVID-19, automation, migration, and shrinking labor supply are shifting the geography of employment.

Unlocking individual talent

Report - McKinsey Global Institute

The future of women at work: Transitions in the age of automation

– Concerted and creative new solutions are needed to enable women to seize new opportunities in the automation age; without them, women may fall further behind in the world of work.
Discussion Paper - McKinsey Global Institute

Skill shift: Automation and the future of the workforce

– Demand for technological, social and emotional, and higher cognitive skills will rise by 2030. How will workers and organizations adapt?

Unlocking the talent in organizations

Article - McKinsey Quarterly

The most fundamental skill: Intentional learning and the career advantage

– Learning itself is a skill. Unlocking the mindsets and skills to develop it can boost personal and professional lives and deliver a competitive edge.
Article

Reimagining how life sciences work will be done in the next normal

– The coronavirus pandemic has forced many changes in how life sciences work is done. It may be a misconception that this is the... next normal.
Article

Building the vital skills for the future of work in operations

– Operationally intensive companies have entered a new wave of automation and digitization. That will have a big impact on the skills... they need to remain competitive.
Article

Four success factors for workforce automation

– Work is changing, for the better. Top companies manage to capture the benefits of automation for their business—and their... workers.
Interview

How Prudential Financial is tackling the future of work

– Prudential Financial vice chairman Rob Falzon discusses the criticality of people to digital growth, how Prudential is preparing... its workforce for the future, and partnerships with the education sector.

Unlocking the talent in communities

Discussion Paper - McKinsey Global Institute

‘Tech for Good’: Using technology to smooth disruption and improve well-being

– Focusing on innovation, skills, and labor fluidity will be keys to good social outcomes of technology adoption.
Report - McKinsey Global Institute

Digital identification: A key to inclusive growth

– New research by the McKinsey Global Institute shows how good digital ID is a new frontier in value creation for individuals and institutions around the world.

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