The COVID-19 pandemic caused unprecedented and unpredictable ramifications across the labour market. Quickly adapting to a digital life was necessary for individuals at work and at home. Is the workforce today prepared for the skills required tomorrow? How do changing demographics affect the labour market, and are business leaders doing enough to ensure inclusive workplaces? Rapid digitalisation has highlighted automation’s importance – but how will this affect future jobs?
These key challenges require a thoughtful response – FU.SE 2020 hopes to generate unique and direct solutions. This groundbreaking digital summit, moderated by Emma Nelson, features commentary by the following executives from around the world:
Alain Dehaze, CEO, The Adecco Group
Hans-Paul Bürkner, Chairman, BCG
Jean-Philippe Courtois, President, Microsoft Global Sales, Marketing and Operations
Ulrik Vestergaard Knudsen, Deputy Secretary-General, the OECD
Alexandra Robinson, Global President, AIESEC
The New Normal
Opening the discussion, Alain Dehaze, CEO of The Adecco Group, set the stage for the exciting events ahead. With an optimistic tone, even in these uncertain times, FU.SE Digital 2020 aspires to drive a positive workforce transformation. The adversity brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic has underlined major considerations shaping the future of work.
Adjusting to a balance of remote and in-office work is the new standard moving forward. Because of this, traditional 9 to 5 contracts might be scrapped in favour of production-based agreements. As more workers stay at home, leaders must also develop new skills, especially related to Emotional Intelligence (EI) and empathy, to address isolation and worker’s mental health. The rapid digitalisation has forced many workers to re-skill, or even change jobs, in search of increasing their digital proficiencies.