Please don't look ahead if you haven't done the session yet in the classroom, as that'll ruin the fun!
Experts predict how businesses might change in the future by looking at what is happening now and how people feel about it.
There are three main predictions about what work will look like in the future.
|Prediction 1: gig economy||Prediction 2: automation||Prediction 3: remote working|
|People will work for themselves or for a range of employers and get paid for multiple jobs (or “gigs”) rather than having one full time job with an annual salary.||Technology like machines, robots or artificial intelligence will replace some “low-skilled” jobs done by people.||People will use technology and online platforms to do their job from wherever they want.|
|For example, someone might be a taxi driver, delivery driver and a cleaner on different days of the week. These people have more flexibility over their work but have less job security and fewer benefits.||For example, robots can serve customers, and drones can deliver packages. Jobs within services like waiters or cashiers could be replaced too.||For example, instead of a person going to an office for a meeting, they might stay at home and use Zoom.|
Try to sum up each prediction in:
- one sentence
- three words
- an action
Experts look for clues about what might happen in the future of work by thinking about what’s already happening and making hypotheses (educated guesses). You'll need to make some notes during this activity! In the document below you will find a series of clues. Read each one. After each clue, ask yourself:
- Which prediction does this information support? Gig economy, automation or remote working?
- What hypothesis about the future can you make from this clue? For example, “this clue shows that more people are XXX than before, so I predict it will continue to get more popular in the future”.
To read the answers, right click on the clues and rotate the page so that they are easy to read (or rotate yourself!)
An opportunity for one person could be a problem for another.
Three big questions! For each of the slides below, try to answer all of the questions on either side of the argument. Once you have done that, return to the BIG QUESTION and try to answer it, using evidence from the mini-debate you have just had.
- Which of the predictions will create the most opportunities?
- Which will create the most problems?
- How could people solve these problems?
Have a look at the skills.
For each skill, decide why it is helpful for
- Gig economy workers
- Remote workers
- More automation in the workplace
Over to you!
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