The term “Industrial Revolution” conjures images of smoke-belching factories, overcrowded cities, and soulless, repetitive work overseen by avaricious robber barons. The Industrial Revolution also generated tremendous wealth and innovation, including the rise of the modern corporation, workplace protections for employees, and fundamental changes in international commerce. It’s less obvious contribution was the creation of the very concept of a job: a combination of work tasks, regular hours, and specific compensation.
Subsequent phases of the Industrial Revolution included changes in technology that may have changed how effectively work is done, but did not alter the fundamental definition of the job itself.
Over the next decade, the future of work will be shaped by a new force, and it will affect the work we do and how we do it, changing what
a job means. But Canadians can thrive in this new world of work if we act boldly now.
Gord and Stephen will cover 7 major disruptors that are changing the future of workforce. Through their presentation they challenge us to think about the job itself differently, in order to tackle the 4th industrial revolution not only as a disruptive change, but as a business opportunity to seize.