What is the future of work and learning?

Great question, and thanks for asking.  We New Zealanders are very curious about this - google trends tells us out of all the countries worldwide, 'the future of work' is most searched for in New Zealand (at least that was true when I last looked).  We're ahead of the curve as usual.


the world is speeding up

The world is speeding up.  Technology is accelerating, and as humans we can't keep up with the pace.  This means we need to prioritise and learn skills in new ways and contexts, so we can use them immediately.  We also need to protect ourselves from information overload by choosing what we engage with and when. As learning professionals this means we need to be careful about the learning we create.

You can read more about this in Thomas L. Friedman's book 'Thank you for being late' or Singularity U.  Or contact Anna, who loves to talk about this.

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automation and ai

Of course the rise of automation and AI means some jobs may be replaced by robots in the future.  However, new jobs are being created every day.  Dell say 85% Of Jobs That Will Exist In 2030 Haven’t Been Invented Yet.  It's not time to worry yet, it's time to keep on learning.

Here are some interesting links to keep on learning:

Do you want to find out more?  Keep reading, or contact Anna, who loves to talk about this.

what are the future trends influencing work?

Some of the many trends being talked about right now which will influence our work in the future are:

  • Globalisation and Urbanisation

  • The rise of the 'gig' worker

  • Social responsibility, resilience and sustainability become even more important.

  • More generations in the workplace

All this means companies are going to be very keen to keep talent and we're going to need to stay talented and keep learning to be in demand. 

These big trends have been shortened above, to give you an overview.  To find out more, a few of the many sources for this information are Jacob Morgan (in the video below),  Forbes and Deloitte. Do you want to find out more?  Keep reading, or contact Anna, who loves to talk about this.

Coming up…

Agile for Business Forum

I’m running a workshop on ‘Facilitation methods and essentials for agile leaders’ at the November forum. See you there!

Where I’ve been talking about the future of learning

ID to Learning Experience Design workshop

Brightstar, Auckand and Wellington

Organisational learning symposium

In March 2019 we had great conversations with many friends - new and old. So much learning to do.

Blended Learning and Technology

The future of learning 2018

The Transforming Workplace

I led the conversation, with 4 of my clever and diverse colleagues on the implications of future of work for organisations in NZ.

Women in Tech and Telco

We talked about the leadership skills we’d need in the future in an interactive presentation, and workshop.

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Organisational Development

At Air New Zealand we are starting on the journey towards the future of work

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Blended Learning and Development conference

Leadership and learning for the future

Best practice learning design

How we embrace design thinking in learning design