Adapting and Preparing for a Changing Workforce

Understanding how technological advancement may affect the workforce is critical for businesses and governments to adapt and prepare for the future of work. Emerging technologies, such as automation, AI, machine learning and blockchain, continue to disrupt the workforce across industries and governments. The best way to address the challenges and prepare for the future of work is through a collaborative approach between government and business.

There is no one-size-fits-all solution to address the changing workforce and smooth the transition for employees, but there are many promising and innovative ideas being discussed among business leaders, governments, educational institutions and other stakeholders. Government officials are uniquely positioned to aid in the transition through implementing new policies and programs that will help prepare the next generation workforce in their local communities. There are examples of innovative and collaborative programs already taking place in states across the U.S., including in Alabama, for example, which brings together local stakeholders to strengthen the state’s workforce and economy.

The nature of work is changing, and as a result, the demands that workers face are changing too. The job market is also becoming highly competitive. As changes in the workforce become increasingly imminent, community leaders should begin investing in their local workforce now to help position them for future success.

There are many challenges that come with reforming the workforce, but there are great opportunities as well. The private and public sectors must work together to address the challenges of a changing workforce and prepare employees for the future of work.

-Gloria Story Dittus, Chairman, Story Partners