Executive summary

Eight drivers of change: Executive summary

Executive summary

The last few years have marked a unique period of turbulence and uncertainty. The landscape of the world of work is changing as the world adjusts to the lasting effects of the pandemic alongside longer-term, large-scale drivers of change.

In such a period of rapid and dramatic change, it is more important than ever to keep a weather eye on the longer perspective to ensure that business models and strategies are developed to survive and thrive in an increasingly complex and fast-paced world.

Eight drivers of change

Eight drivers of change are collectively propelling change in the world of work at an unprecedented rate. Covid-19 was unexpected (for most) and is acting as a catalyst for immediate and significant change. Advances in technology and concerns about sustainability are accelerating change. Other longer-term drivers - demographics, the role of the state, globalisation, migration and social trends - are meanwhile continuing to generate profound upheavals in the world of work.

These drivers combine to impact all facets of work – the type of work and jobs; the location from which work is undertaken; the sources of work; the times at which the tasks are undertaken; the way in which work is done and the relationship between worker and employer; the number of jobs and the amount of time each person spends working; the personal characteristics of the individuals who fill the jobs; and even why people work for a particular organisation, or indeed at all.

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