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Future of Work 2018

24 May

Since the Industrial Revolution, major technology-driven economic shifts have involved significant social and political disruption. The rapid pace of technological change in the workplace today has caused many to reassess the fundamental nature of work in a climate of ongoing economic stagnation, productivity slowdown and decoupling between growth and real wages. 

Digitization and automation are opening up new possibilities for collaboration, production and management, and whilst this transformational change offers substantial opportunities, it also brings with it significant challenges and disruptions for labour markets, skills development and organizational structures. How technology continues to shape our society and determine the nature and quality of work will depend largely on how policy-makers, business leaders and workers understand and respond to these shifts. 

The third annual Chatham House conference will examine the drivers transforming the world of work and evaluate potential policy and industry responses. Sessions will explore key questions including: 

  • What are the latest digital transformations and major social, economic and cultural trends disrupting the world of work?
  • How can different economies and workforces benefit from increasing digitization and technological change? 
  • What are the main challenges governments and businesses are facing as they try to keep up with and prepare for changing skills? 
  • How can greater flexibility in the labour force be achieved? What are the most effective regulatory strategies for managing this shift? 
  • Will innovation outpace regulation? What are the risks involved in this? 
  • What is the role of social attitudes in driving the uptake and regulation of new technologies in the workplace?