New jobs, new skills .... new management?

08 May 2015 7:28 PM | John Heap (Administrator)

I am a governor of a secondary school in the UK.  We are preparing our pupils for a world of work in which many of the jobs do not yet exist ... and even many of those that do now exist will have changed substantially.


Our pupils will go through 'portfolio careers' in which they will have several jobs - often multiple part-time jobs at the same time.


This means we are trying to instil flexibility and resilience into our pupils - alongside knowledge, understanding and core skills, of course.


What does all this mean for the future productivity of the UK?  Well, knowledgeable, flexible, resilient workers should form a good basis for a high productivity organisation - if that organisation is willing and ready to work with that flexibility, exploit it and allow it to underpin organisational flexibility and innovation.


My fear is that managers who are of a previous generation will continue to create inflexible, rigid structures that fail to exploit these new skills and attributes.


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