The consequences of the driving forces that are shaping the Future of Work will be far-reaching and fundamentally transform the nature of work, the definition of workers and the concept of workplaces.
The two main driving forces of technological change (integration of Artificial Intelligence & Automation into work tasks) and the rise of long term contingent workers will undoubtedly create new opportunities for some, but for many, they represent the fear of a unsustainable and uncertain future.
This topic is of deep interest to us and our partners as it strikes at the heart of multiple Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) centered around poverty alleviation, economic inclusion, and the development of sustainable communities. Listed below is a snapshot of the work we have done with private companies, public sector organizations and trade associations.
HR Department of an Indonesian Bank
Challenge: To transform bank employees into a future-ready workforce.
Solution : A 1 x Day Futures Thinking workshop was conducted for the combined HR department. Participants were equipped to embrace a futures mindset and introduced to methods to anticipate, prepare and take advantage of disruption in the Future of Work. Among the methods covered were STEEP analysis to scan for emerging trends and Causal Layered Analysis to deepen their understanding of specific driving forces.
Success: Participants of the workshop left with a toolkit of Futures Thinking methods that enabled them to test the relevance of their current HR strategies and develop new HR strategies that would thrive in the Future of Work.
Junior Chamber International (Medan)
Challenge: Junior Chamber International (JCI) is a nonprofit organization of young active citizens aged 18 to 40 who meet in regional, national and international conferences to work towards their current mission which is to provide development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change. With Indonesia having one of the largest youth populations in the world, JCI’s Indonesian members wanted their members to be ready for the Future of Work.
Solution : A 3 hour introductory Futures Thinking workshop was conducted in a conference format for JCI members. Given the large number of participants, collaborative hands-on exercises were conducted to crowd-source important STEEPV (social, technological, economic, environmental, political, values) driving forces. The session rounded off with a Futures Triangle exercise to explore the space of plausible futures.
Success: Participants of the workshop left with exposure to a completely new way of anticipating change. The projects within JCI (Medan) began to be more long-term in nature and revolved less within the 1 year time frame of each leadership cycle.