Adapting to the Future of Work

By: Beverly King, Director, Client Development & Consulting, EMEA

I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with Graebel’s EMEA team through much of my career in in-house Mobility in the financial services and consumer products sectors. But now, since the beginning of this year, I’ve found a very nice home inside Graebel.

There’s a lot to love about my new role, and one great thing about the company is that even as a new team member, I have really got to hit the ground running!

Which is why I’m incredibly honored to co-host, with our CEO Bill Graebel, the upcoming insideMOBILITY Global Mobility Summit in Munich, June 12th-13th.

At the Summit, Bill and I, along with leading experts in the industry, will join with Mobility professionals from across the region to explore critical Mobility trends and topics related to our Summit theme: The Future of Work.

Along those lines, a recent White Paper from the World Economic Forum, Eight Futures of Work, is a fascinating read, presenting plausible scenarios for the future workforce.

The paper presents eight different labor markets which might emerge, depending on the interplay of three specific variables. No single global outcome is likely – however, no doubt they will occur in combination and vary by geographic region and/or industry.

According to the report, the three variables driving the future of work are:

  • The progression of technology
  • The evolution of learning and skill acquisition
  • The mobility of labor

And yes, of course the last one caught my attention, too!

Clearly, the extent to which workers can readily cross borders to participate in local labor markets is a tremendously critical factor for global economic growth and maximizing working opportunities.

While we in the Mobility profession can’t control some of the major barriers that might inhibit that freedom of movement (e.g., regional conflicts and prohibitive regulation), we can help companies retain and reassign employees across borders by solving many logistical and personal challenges (e.g., immigration, language training, housing and tax).

I can’t wait to hear the variety of perspectives on future workforce issues in Munich! We’ve scheduled plenty of time for peer-to-peer group discussions along with a hands-on session to help attendees build their own one-page Mobility strategy that anticipates these work trends.

As with the insideMOBILITY Summits in previous years and in other regions, our team will “set the table” for the discussions and then the attendees will guide the conversations in directions they feel are most important and productive.

Registration is now open for the insideMOBILITY Global Mobility Summit. We’re looking forward to seeing you there and hearing your thoughts on Mobility’s role in serving the future workforce!