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Directors' playbook: The future of work

Work, worker, workplace

This playbook, created with the Australian Institute of Company Directors, considers the future of work from three perspectives, each with its own chapter: Work, Worker, Workplace.

Directors are operating in an environment characterised by constant change, uncertainty and increasing complexity. One of the most significant changes concerns the future of work. Which tasks will still be required? Who will do them, and what skills will they need? What environments will they work in?

The impact of these changes on governance is profound.

The way organisations are governed must adapt, and directors will need to take informed and considered steps to take advantage of the opportunities presented. Governance must be flexible in its response to the changing nature of work as well as providing oversight and strategic direction for new ways of working.

This playbook aims to give directors an overview of some of the key trends and evidence on the future of work. Its goal is to help directors better understand the governance dimensions of this issue and provide practical insights to help take advantage of the opportunities these workforce trends present.

Of course, there are no simple answers.

The impact of the future of work varies across industries, geographies and business models. This guide is not intended to equip directors with solutions, but with a set of questions that will support more informed decision making.

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