Future of Organizations & Work

A changing world demands new approaches to leadership, talent management, and organization.
Report - McKinsey Global Institute

What the future of work will mean for jobs, skills, and wages

– In an era marked by rapid advances in automation and artificial intelligence, new research assesses the jobs lost and jobs gained under different scenarios through 2030.
Podcast - McKinsey Global Institute

What is the future of work?

– A new podcast series from the McKinsey Global Institute explores how technologies like automation, robotics, and artificial intelligence... are shaping how we work, where we work, and the skills we need to work.
Report

Women in the Workplace 2017

– More companies are committing to gender equality. But progress will remain slow unless we confront blind spots on diversity—particularly... regarding women of color, and employee perceptions of the status quo.
Interview - McKinsey Quarterly

Rethinking the workplace: Flexibility, fairness, and enlightened automation

– People aren’t powerless in the face of new technologies; the future of work is up to us.
Article

Five lessons from history on AI, automation, and employment

– History tells us that in the long run, technology is a net creator of jobs. Is this time different?

DIGITAL FUTURE OF WORK

Video - McKinsey Global Institute

The digital future of work: What will automation change?

– Rapid advances in robotics and artificial intelligence are making inroads in the workplace, with machines carrying out physical... and cognitive activities. What will this mean for employment?
Video - McKinsey Global Institute

The digital future of work: What skills will be needed?

– Robots have long carried out routine physical activities, but increasingly machines can also take on more sophisticated tasks.... Experts provide advice on the skills people will need going forward.
Video - McKinsey Global Institute

The digital future of work: Is the 9-to-5 job going the way of the dinosaur?

– Independent work is on the rise, thanks in part to new digital platforms that allow people to find work and offer their skills.... What will this do to traditional work routines?
Video - McKinsey Global Institute

The digital future of work: Policy implications of automation

– The adoption of new technology and new work practices poses particular challenges to both business and policy makers. What are... the key priorities they should look to address?

Diversity and Inclusion

Report

Women Matter: Ten years of insights on gender diversity

– A decade into our research, we highlight key findings—and invite 16 global leaders to look at how to increase gender diversity... in corporations and imagine the inclusive company of the future.
Article

Why diversity matters

– New research makes it increasingly clear that companies with more diverse workforces perform better financially.
Report - McKinsey Global Institute

Realizing gender equality’s $12 trillion economic opportunity

– Investing in access to essential services and reducing the gap in labor-force participation rates could significantly expand the... global economy by 2025.
Commentary - McKinsey Quarterly

Straight talk about gender diversity in the boardroom and beyond

– In these interview excerpts, leaders describe their efforts at promoting gender equality on boards and explore the challenges... that still linger.

Organizing for the future

Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Rethinking work in the digital age

– Digitization and automation are upending core assumptions about jobs and employees. Here’s a framework for thinking about the... new world taking shape.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Organizing for the future

– Platform-based talent markets help put the emphasis in human-capital management back where it belongs—on humans.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Revisiting the matrix organization

– Matrices are often necessary, but they may create uncomfortable ambiguity for employees. Clarifying roles can boost both the engagement... of the workforce and a company’s organizational health.
Article

The next-generation operating model for the digital world

– Companies need to increase revenues, lower costs, and delight customers. Doing that requires reinventing the operating model.

Leadership

Article - McKinsey Quarterly

What makes a CEO ‘exceptional’?

– We assessed the early moves of CEOs with outstanding track records; some valuable lessons for leadership transitions emerged.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Organizational health: A fast track to performance improvement

– Working on health works. It’s good for your people and for your bottom line.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Why effective leaders must manage up, down, and sideways

– Strong team leadership isn’t enough. New research shows the importance—for business impact and career success—of also mobilizing... your boss and colleagues.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

How small shifts in leadership can transform your team dynamic

– Simple tweaks in communication and role-modeling based on the latest behavioral research can nudge employees into top form and... create a more productive environment for everyone.

Talent

Commentary - McKinsey Quarterly

Wellness at work: The promise and pitfalls

– It takes more than a discounted health-club membership to move the needle on employee well-being.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Ahead of the curve: The future of performance management

– What happens after companies jettison traditional year-end evaluations?
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Managing talent in a digital age

– Online labor platforms make it easier to find—and harder to retain—talented people. They give companies a real opportunity... to transform the way they recruit, develop, and engage their employees.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Millennials: Burden, blessing, or both?

– Companies often complain about the unrealistic expectations of millennial workers, but heeding their call to action can improve... the work environment for everyone.

ORGANIZATIONAL AGILITY

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How to create an agile organization

– Transforming companies to achieve organizational agility is in its early days but already yielding positive returns. While the... paths can vary, survey findings suggest how to start.
Interview - McKinsey Quarterly

ING’s agile transformation

– Two senior executives from the global bank describe their recent journey.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Agility: It rhymes with stability

– Companies can become more agile by designing their organizations both to drive speed and create stability.
Article

A business leader’s guide to agile

– Agile promises rapidly evolving software and substantial business benefits, but it requires new habits from everyone: from IT... and from business partners.