The workplace of the future will be very different. It will be more diverse and more flexible. A fundamental rethink of how we manage and support this new working environment is required.
More varied career paths bring new stresses, with more periods of change and flux as individuals move through their working lives. Balancing social and personal needs with the demands from employers and work can be difficult. At the same time people are living longer and healthier lives.
To manage this transformation, employers will need to facilitate and champion new, more adaptable ways of working, including making greater use of technology. How career paths are managed will also need to be re-examined.
Public policy also needs to change to better support those at work. We need an approach to childcare, lifelong learning, retirement, pensions and taxation that keeps people engaged with the labour market, and which doesn’t discriminate or disincentivise work.