Skip to main content

The future of work

Reimagining the work, workforce, and workplace of the future

Accelerated by the pandemic, the future of work is here. As increasing connectivity, robotics, and cognitive tools change the nature of work, new talent models and the gig economy are reinventing jobs. Now is the time to reimagine why, where, and how work gets done—and unleash the energy and endless possibilities of human potential.

What if?

The year 2020 gave us a unique window into what humans are capable of when their work actually works for them. In the future of work, what if we could re-architect work to unlock the most undervalued asset of all, human potential?

A new era in work

As a “time machine to the future,” COVID-19 has created an imperative to consider the choices we will face when the constraints of the pandemic are removed. While the challenges and opportunities for each organization look different, the objective is clear: humanize the future of work.

Humanize the Future of Work

re-Architect work.

re-Architect work. The future of work depends on understanding how humans work best and architecting work to align. It calls for us to move from a focus on technology to a focus on humans—supported and enabled by technology. Thus, enabling us to make work better for humans and humans better at work.

Unleash the workforce.

Unleash the workforce. Thanks to digital advances and ever-improving connectivity, today’s workers are no longer tethered to a place. Organizations gain access to resources across a broad talent ecosystem, along with a responsibility to create personalized, elevate experiences that engage workers and unleash their potential for maximum impact.

Adapt the workplace.

Adapt the workplace. The anywhere, anytime workplace requires rethinking the tools, technology, and the environment that workers need to do their best work. This demands creativity, flexibility, and insight into the human experience, plus a passion for adapting and crafting an environment that empowers workers to flourish.

Industry insights

Explore insights that address the issues you face in your specific role


Future of work: Diversity, equity, and inclusion in the food industry

Embracing equity as an imperative can help build the workforce of the future

Future of work: The state of the food industry

Change is coming, but is everyone ready?

Women at the wheel

Key findings from the 2020 diversity, equity, and inclusion in automotive study

Economic Center

The shifting sands of employment and occupations in American manufacturing

Economics Spotlight, November 2019

Shifting sands

The changing consumer landscape

Why the COVID-19 recession has disproportionately affected women

Economics Spotlight, January 2021

Energy & Industrials

Reshoring or localization on your mind?

        The reshoring and localization trend and the opportunity it presents for         smart factories

The future of work in oil, gas and chemicals

        Opportunity in the time of change

2020 Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends for Energy, Resources & Industrials

The jobs are here, but where are the people?

        Key findings from 2018 Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute


Financial Services

Women in the C-suite

        Growth in emerging leadership roles creates new opportunities in         financial     services

2021 commercial real estate outlook

        Rebuilding to enhance resilience

COVID-19 return-to-the-workplace strategies



Focusing inward

        How improving employee engagement can help rebuild trust in         government

Future of work in government

        What does it all mean for the future of government work?

Job-centric upskilling

        The new workforce development imperative

COVID-19 and the virtualization of government

Life Science and Health Care

The future of aging

        What impact might the expansion of health span have on society? 

COVID-19 as catalyst

        The future of work and the workplace in health care

Closing the digital gap

        Shaping the future of UK healthcare


The future of work in technology

        Reimagine technology work, the workforce, and the workplace

The AI talent shortage isn’t over yet

        Even mature AI adopters are challenged by skill gaps   

Thriving in the era of pervasive AI

        Deloitte’s State of AI in the Enterprise, 3rd Edition

Talent and workforce effects in the age of AI

        Insights from Deloitte’s State of AI in the Enterprise, 2nd Edition survey

Did you find this useful?

Thanks for your feedback

If you would like to help improve further, please complete a 3-minute survey

Explore beyond the Future of Work