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?

Podcast - McKinsey Global Institute

Forward Thinking on economic recovery and gender equality with Laura Tyson

– In addition to the moral argument, the former White House economic adviser explains that gender diversity is “a matter of human capital. It’s a matter of talent. It’s a matter of the evidence mounting over time.”
Podcast - McKinsey Global Institute

Forward Thinking on technology and political economy with Daron Acemoglu

– The influential economist connects the dots between artificial intelligence, productivity, wages, and inequality, and how to counterbalance... the impacts of automation.
Article

Defining the skills citizens will need in the future world of work

– To future-proof citizens’ ability to work, they will require new skills—but which ones? A survey of 18,000 people... in 15 countries suggests those that governments may wish to prioritize.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

It’s time for leaders to get real about hybrid

– Employers are ready to get back to significant in-person presence. Employees aren’t. The disconnect is deeper than most... employers believe, and a spike in attrition and disengagement may be imminent.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Return as a muscle: How lessons from COVID-19 can shape a robust operating model for hybrid and beyond

– New research shows how resilient organizations thrived through the pandemic. Here’s how to use those lessons to craft a... better approach to how work gets done across time (real and asynchronous) and space (digital and physical).

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 - McKinsey Quarterly

Three keys to building a more skilled postpandemic workforce

– Many companies face large, and growing, skills deficits. A few companies approach skill building in a more integrated way—and... are quietly gaining an edge on rivals.
Podcast

The workforce of the future

– Accelerating trends in remote work, e-commerce, and automation mean that more people will need to change jobs and learn new skills.... Are leaders ready to guide the shift?
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.
Blog Post

Ops 4.0—The human factor: Skill, will and the next normal

– The coronavirus pandemic has dramatically accelerated the acquisition of digital skills. That could be the beginning of something... even bigger.

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.

Regional Perspectives

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.

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