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Reading up on the Future of Work


May 22, 2018 By Katie Shine


In the realm of HR, it always seems as though there are too many pieces of journalism (often of skeptical quality) competing for our attention.

How will innovative technologies (based on the media coverage, hard to believe there are others besides AI) affect the workforce? Which industries are succeeding in the race to hire the best talent? What employment trends will become permanent fixtures?

As an avid reader, I attempt to absorb all of this information with an open mind. It is crucial to consider all perspectives, reflect upon the content thoughtfully, and collect news from a variety of sources (whether you like the inherent bias of the organization or not).

Here is my latest roundup about the future of work:

  • Stable, lucrative employment: Despite popular opinion, obligatory university tuition is not the only way to access high-paying, satisfying jobs. See how a minority are bucking the trend for trade work…and finding fulfillment in the workplace.
  • Recruiting beyond the Ivies: It is a slowly evolving process but competitive employers are targeting their recruiting efforts outside of the typical elite group of top-ranked schools. Here’s a pensive argument for why this should be the norm in 2018.
  • The future of collective bargaining: People are the future of work, irregardless of the technological innovations invading our world. Now more than ever, it is essential to support workers that possess weaker bargaining power. Let’s protect their livelihoods and give them the tools to succeed.
  • Startups that are defining the future of tech: Today’s newest startups are forcing the tech community to re-evaluate its priorities for the next decade. In addition to cryptocurrencies, innovative approaches in the healthcare and wellness sectors are leading the pack.
  • Biotech & Job Creation: Biotech is not only creating new jobs and companies in rapid succession. It’s also necessitating a re-evaluation of the technical know-how and soft skills required of the workforce’s youngest talent. Will it be the responsibility of universities, biotech companies, or another entity to provide this training?
  • The all-time low unemployment rate (and the gap that remains): The recent May 2018 reports of a record-low unemployment rate seem to suggest dramatic improvement for black professionals in particular. However, the positive changes more accurately reflect a growing disparity between modestly improving black employment levels and deeply worrisome labor conditions for non-urban whites.
The future of work is a wormhole. The navigation of its informational depths requires meditation, analysis, and conversation (and reading!). Feel free to engage with Uncubed via your preferred social medium. Let the discussion commence.

Happy reading!
Katie & Team Uncubed




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