Reimagining the Future of Work in the Enterprise
The world of work as we know it is in a state of flux – automation, robotics and other digital innovations are altering the fundamental nature of work. These developments bring the promise of higher productivity, safety, convenience and overall increased efficiencies, but also raise questions about the larger impact of technology on jobs, skills, recruiting and dozens of other workplace fundamentals.
Despite concerns, the outlook is positive – the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the unemployment rate will continue to decline from 4.3 percent in 2017 to 4.2 percent in 2018, with an overall projection of 20.5 million jobs being created by 2020. However, jobs will likely shift as technology continues to proliferate and workers will have to adapt. Today, artificial intelligence is the main driver for the changing nature of work. For example, chatbots, which are programs that facilitate text conversations, are expected to save companies $8 billion by 2022 and the efficiencies received by using them are in excess of 30 percent.
Workers are challenging the conventional ideas of work and driving companies to adapt how they’re identifying and recruiting talent. In a competitive and low unemployment rate environment, companies are becoming more candidate and employee-centric. This calls for disruptions in recruiting strategies to attract top-tier talent and expedite the process – increasing efficiency and quality of workers. Companies are also investing in employee happiness by building programs around onboarding, training and performance management, as well as providing opportunities for flexible or remote working schedules to accommodate diverse lifestyles and working needs.
There are dozens of ways robotics and automation affect daily work. Understanding these shifts will help business leaders, employees and policy makers prepare as best they can for what the future holds.
Join us for our next B2B IT Forum on May 8, 2018 at the Royal Sonesta in Cambridge, MA, as we dive into the future of work in the enterprise. We will be focusing our discussions around three main topics:
1) Automation and Technology: Its Impact on Daily Work
Technology has been changing the nature of work for years. The growth of mobile and computing power has allowed companies to rethink how they hire and augment their workers. A report by Deloitte revealed that 30 percent of company workforces consists of contingent workers and will grow to 50 percent by 2020. This means a greater demand by companies for flexible and remote workers, contractors, consultants, off-shore and part-time employees. Additionally, technology will continue to augment enterprise work by completely replacing or automating certain workflows, or changing the meaning of daily work by augmenting human workers.
- Patrick Petitti – Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Catalant
- Arthur Matuszewski – Head of Strategic Talent Sourcing, Wayfair
2) Attracting and Recruiting the Best Talent
Gone are the days of job-board posting and waiting for candidates to come to you. Instead, recruiters must think of recruiting like a customer-centric B2B sales process. Just as the sales and marketing departments have become more measured, process-oriented and tech-enabled, talent acquisition teams are redefining what it means to be a corporate recruiter. This panel will cover everything from the importance of recruitment marketing to sourcing hacks and competing for talent against well-funded competitors.
- Brandon Carmack – Head of Executive Recruiting, Pegasystems
- Jack Coapman – Chief Strategy Officer, gr8 People
- Barbara Curran – VP Global HR, Synthesio
3) Scaling from 10 to 100+
What does it take to scale your company from 10 employees to 100 and beyond? What challenges do organizations face when they go from a founding team, to their first external hires, to their first layer of mid-level managers, to multiple offices globally? What does it mean to scale culture and how do you keep a pulse on your workforce? What is a Head of HR or Chief People Officer and when does it make sense to hire one? For CEOs of fast growing companies this panel will help you prepare for what to expect as you scale.
Panelists (more to come):
- Sean Quimby – EVP of People and Operations. Formerly at Invaluable, Zipcar, and Equinox
- Bob Quinn – Chief People Officer, Cygilant
You can register for the free event here. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served. We hope you will join us.