2021 has been called “The Great Resignation” with many employers facing significantly higher turnover numbers than they’ve previously experienced. I expect this trend to continue for some time. Many employers have signed up for the utopia of a remote or remote flexible work model but we don’t yet know how to recreate in an authentic way the experiences that keep many people engaged and committed to their companies. We know relationships at work, including with your manager, are critical. We know that feeling like you have equitable access to opportunities for advancement and development are important. Both of these things, and many others, have to be rethought in this new model. Companies will learn along the way, and I imagine that employee patience will wane, leading many to look for that greener grass.
There have been major disruptions in recent years that promise to change the very nature of work. From the ongoing shifts caused by the COVID19 pandemic, the impacts caused by automation, and other possible disruptions to the status quo, many wonder what the future holds in terms of employment. For example, a report by the McKinsey Global Institute that estimated automation will eliminate 73 million jobs by 2030.
To address this open question, we reached out to successful leaders in business, government, and labor, as well as thought leaders about the future of work to glean their insights and predictions on the future of work and the workplace.
As a part of this interview series called “Preparing For The Future Of Work”, we had the pleasure to interview Shannon Sullivan.