‘Technology and democratization of work will fuel the future of work

The workplace of the future will increasingly comprise an agile workforce that has the visibility to how automation is transforming its work and the skill …

Ravin Jesuthasan, Managing Director and Global Practice Leader, Willis Towers Watson, is a recognized global thought leader and author on the future of work and human capital. He has led numerous research efforts on the global workforce, the emerging digital economy, the rise of artificial intelligence and the transformation of work. Jesuthasan has also lead research projects for the World Economic Forum including its groundbreaking study – ‘Shaping the Future Implications of Digital Media for Society’ and the recently launched ‘Creating a Shared Vision for Talent in the 4th Industrial Revolution’. He recently co-authored the book - Reinventing Jobs, A 4-Step Approach for Applying Automation to Jobs along with John Boudreau. Based on ground-breaking primary research, Reinventing Jobs provides an original, structured approach of four distinct steps—deconstruct, optimize, automate, and reconfigure—to help leaders reinvent how work gets bundled into jobs and create optimal human-machine combinations. In this exclusive interaction with People Matters, Jesuthasan shares his insights on what the workplace of the future will look like and how organizations will be completely constituted of an agile workforce.

What do you envision the workplace of the future will be like?

The workplace of the future will be one where there is going to be a combination of continued growth and automation, but it will not be one where automation will be destroying jobs. It will be one where automation does one of three things to work – it either substitutes what the human does and augments human work, or creates new types of work for humans. So, yes, we will see a lot more automation in the workplace but it will be applied differentially across work and will not destroy jobs wholesale . Read the full original article here

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