As the world becomes greener, millions of new jobs will require an enormous upskilling and reskilling of the workforce. Plus, discrimination in the workforce is still alive and well in many countries, Spotify announces a new world of working policy, Uber commits to doing more for their flexible employees, and some workers may need to stay home if they don’t get the COVID-19 vaccine. Read this week’s trends from the world of work.

#1. Green jobs are the future. Millions of new jobs will be created as companies and countries pledge to become carbon neutral – and the way to get there is through upskilling and reskilling

 

The green revolution is here. Companies and countries across the world are pledging to become carbon neutral, meaning millions of new and transformed jobs. Nearly every industry will be impacted as the world shifts towards a greener future. This will lead to a “greening” of the labour market, shifting skills in most existing jobs and millions of new jobs globally. For example, investment analysts will need to have an understanding of a business’s climate risk and make recommendations accordingly. The way to get there? Upskilling and reskilling the workforce to prepare them for the green revolution. Read Karin Kimbrough’s full article here. We also wrote about the skills needed for a green economy in our recent paper here.

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#2. In many countries around the world, gender discrimination is still alive and well in the workplace in 2021

 

No matter how far women have come in the workplace, there is still farther to go. According to a report in Forbes, gender discrimination in the workplace continues to play a role in the modern workplace. It’s not unusual, according to the report, for many women in the U.S. and elsewhere to receive less pay, fewer benefits, and fewer opportunities because of their gender. Managers and employees alike, however, can take steps to ameliorate the issue by establishing a new workplace culture, providing flexible schedules and keeping information channels open. Read more here.

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#3. Spotify announces a new world of work where employees can work from anywhere in the world, remotely

 

Spotify is the latest major company to jump on the remote work bandwagon. This week, the company announced their new Work from Anywhere initiative, where employees can decide where they would want to work, both for their office preference and their geographic preference. Employees, in conversation with their managers and teams, can now pick when, if ever, they return to the office. The decision follows a similar announcement from Salesforce. Read more here.

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#4. In 2020, more than 600,000 people across Europe used Uber for flexible work opportunities. Uber is committing to do more – and asking other platforms to do the same

 

Flexible working opportunities have been on the rise during the pandemic. Flexible workers value the control over when and where they work. But choosing flexibility should not mean workers forego a good living wage, access to benefits and protections, according to a new report by Uber. The company is committing to offering their drivers and couriers more benefits and protections – and encouraging others to do the same. Read more here.

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#5. At some companies, staff who refuse to get the COVID-19 vaccine could be asked to work from home

 

In the U.K., employees who refuse to be vaccinated may be asked to work from home, according to a report in the Telegraph. It’s one of several suggestions published by an HR body recommending how employers can balance their staff’s right to refuse the vaccine with the requirements to protect their workforce. Instead, employers may want to find “alternative solutions” for those who refuse the vaccine, including remote working or social distancing measures. Read more here.

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