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'Beyond COVID' - Future of Work Report

22 May 2020

ING Future Focus Report: preparing for the digital workforce of tomorrow

A decade’s worth of technological advancement and skills evolution is being compressed into 2020 due to COVID-19. The virus has unleashed a global ‘future of work’ experiment on us all and businesses have had to adapt at exponential speeds. Download this report we co-wrote and researched for ING on The Future of Work Beyond COVID-19.

ING Digital Acceleration Futurist Anders Sorman-Nilsson

Will employees return to expensive and centrally located offices or will we continue to work virtually? How will training and development be delivered, and how do we replicate the success of face to face meetings in the digital world? What is certain is that something different is emerging from this pandemic and that values and behaviours are evolving.

ING Future Focus Report Infographic

Pandemics have a history of spawning cultural and labour transformation. The Spanish Flu led to the deployment of women in the workforce and influenced the women’s suffrage movement. Similarly, the Black Plague became the precursor to the creative flourishing of the European Renaissance.

Looking at our current circumstances, there are many questions about the world we live in – from what constitutes ‘work’, to modern family life and what ‘essential’ work or services look like. The jobs, cognitive thinking and skills that will be most valuable have and will continue to change - in our scenario planning & research commissioned by ING* shows that Australians are anxious about their future career prospects.

Evidence shows there is a Second Renaissance emerging, filled with new opportunities ready for the taking. This ING report we co-wrote and researched uncovers key workplace trends and in-demand jobs and skills to help Australians prepare for – and create – a better future.

ING Futurist Anders Sorman-NilssonAnders Sörman-Nilsson is a futurist and the founder of the Sydney-based think tank and trend analysis firm Thinque, which provides data-based research, foresight and thought leadership assets for global brands like ING, Microsoft, Zurich, Visa and Facebook across four continents. If you want to establish signal in the noise why not consider commissioning a trend report?



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