The Rise of NextGen Work
“Labor market dynamics are shifting rapidly: populations are aging and skills needs are changing faster than ever, driven by technological progress and globalization. The gap between the skills people have and those employers need is widening, polarizing workforces and populations around the world. Companies have to find talent from new sources and do more to develop and keep their people engaged.
At the same time, what people want is changing. They are working longer, learning more and seeking a better balance between work and home. Not everyone wants to engage as a full-time employee and organizations don’t always want that either. The ‘Monday-Friday 9-5 job for life’ has moved on and much of the jobs growth over the last 10-15 years has occurred in non-traditional, alternative ways of working. While the uberization of work grabs the headlines, the number of people working in gigs is still only a small part of the labor force. However, those seeking flexible, non-traditional ways of working are significantly greater. Today more people than ever want NextGen Work.
People and business want new ways to get work done. It’s time to shift the discussion from regulation and prevention to action: companies need to better understand how people want to participate and meet them where they are, with what they want. Flexibility, responsibility and employment security are not mutually exclusive.
Employers need to become builders of talent, not just consumers of work. Individuals must nurture their learnability and develop in-demand skills today to stay employable for tomorrow. Policy makers need to develop new ways of providing employment security, enabling individuals to change careers and models of engagement during the course of their longer careers.
We need to enable NextGen Work. In a world of accelerating change, it will be skills and new ways of working that will provide career security, opportunity for growth and prosperity for individuals and nations alike.”
Jonas Prising, Chairman & CEO, ManpowerGroup
What people want is changing. They are working longer, learning more and seeking a better balance between work and home. Not everyone wants to engage as a full-time employee and business doesn’t always want that either. Today more people want NextGen Work.We surveyed more than 9,500 individuals across 12 countries to find out more about how people want to work, what motivates them, and why so many are choosing NextGen work. The results may surprise you.