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Globally, almost half of all companies expect automation to cut their full-time workforce in the next four years. However, new jobs could still lead to a net gain in employment opportunities if sufficient reskilling is done. In India, 54% of employees in manufacturing, services and technology will need reskilling by 2022.

Anxiety about the impact of technology on the world of work is not new. While a lot of global forums, organisations and associations have given a sense of where we might be headed, we are all still exploring, second-guessing and worried about what the future of work looks like.

The IET’s Future of Work Playbook is a series of articles that give more airtime to alternatives and perspectives on how technology might shape the future for work. It will help highlight the best practices for meaningful work and create a guideline that would help build organisational designs and policies feasible for the Future of Work domain.

It has 5Ps framework – People, Platforms, Places, Practices and Policies for the Future of Work.

Divided initially into five buckets, the playbook aims at presenting a plurality of perspectives and curated case studies on new work paradigms in India and the supporting frameworks and policies that can make professionals and organisations future of work-ready. The buckets are:

People and skills in the Future of Work


- Skills and talent for the Future of Work in India
- Learning for the Future of Work
- Inclusivity and diversity in the Future of Work
- New skilling and learning paradigms


Platforms powering the Future of Work


- Professional gig economy: the new age of work
- Technology that is shaping the platforms for the Future of Work
- Inclusivity and diversity in the Future of Work
- New platforms for the Future of Work paradigms - white and blue-collar


Places enhancing the Future of Work


- Workplaces of the future
- New workplace paradigms


Practices for reinventing the Future of Work


- Making work awesome
- Inclusivity and diversity in the Future of Work
- Framework for good work
- New work practices for Future of Work paradigms


Policies redefining the Future of Work


- Current legal systems and future work prediction
- Policies for the Future of Work in India
- Inclusive policies for the future of work


People and skills in the Future of Work

  • Skills and talent for the Future of Work in India
  • Learning for the Future of Work
  • Inclusivity and diversity in the Future of Work
  • New skilling and learning paradigms

Platforms powering the Future of Work

  • Professional gig economy: the new age of work
  • Technology that is shaping the platforms for the Future of Work
  • Inclusivity and diversity in the Future of Work
  • New platforms for the Future of Work paradigms - white and blue-collar

Places enhancing the Future of Work

  • Workplaces of the future
  • New workplace paradigms

Practices for reinventing the Future of Work

  • Making work awesome
  • Inclusivity and diversity in the Future of Work
  • Framework for good work
  • New work practices for Future of Work paradigms

Policies redefining the Future of Work

  • Current legal systems and future work prediction
  • Policies for the Future of Work in India
  • Inclusive policies for the future of work