Please don't look ahead if you haven't done the session yet in the classroom, as that'll ruin the fun!
These were three predictions for the future of work. Have a go at the GUESS WHO game and try to guess which of the predictions each set of clues is describing.
- Do you think the pandemic will slow down this ongoing change or speed it up? Why?
Evidence time! For each of the pieces below, decide which of the following predictions it is to do with:
CHALLENGE: is this piece of evidence a challenge or an opportunity?
- Since social distancing rules were put in place, there has been a 36% drop in demand for jobs such as house-sitting, babysitting and cleaning.
- Fewer people are going to work in their offices. The number of people using trains has reduced by nearly two thirds.
- Out of the jobs that risk being replaced by machines, 70% of them are currently done by women. Workers that are lower-skilled and lower-paid, and jobs in customer service are more likely to be replaced.
- Lockdown has increased the demand for delivery services. For example, Deliveroo deliveries were up 57% in March 2020, compared to 2019.
- 25% of people said they were doing their job better at home. They have been happier and it has improved their mental health.
- By 2022, robots are predicted to boost productivity in the workplace and create 58 million more jobs than they replace.
Which problem or opportunity do you think will affect the most people? Why?
CHALLENGE: how could businesses that you chose to shut down adapt to be more successful?
Look at the word cloud below. Pick out everyone who will face opportunities as a result of automation then pick out everyone who will face problems due to automation.
Then pick out everyone who will face opportunities as a result of the gig economy then pick out everyone who will face problems due to the gig economy.
Finally, pick out everyone who will face opportunities as a result of automation then pick out everyone who will face problems due to automation.
- Might some industries face more problems / opportunities than others in the future? For example, retail or manufacturing?
- Might some groups of people face more problems / opportunities than others? For example, women, rich people, poor people, people with certain skills. How could people overcome these problems?
Over to you!
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