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Future of Work Commission Releases Final Report

April 8, 2022

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Future of Work Commission Releases Final Report

The Legislature’s 17-member Future of Work Commission released it’s final report last week with findings and recommendations for the Commonwealth, higher education system, and business community. Key Findings include:

  • The shape and scale of the workplace has dramatically shifted during the pandemic and will continue to do so over the next decade.
  • Technology and automation are bound to have both positive and negative impacts on the type and execution of employment, and Massachusetts must put its technology and innovation edge to work in training, attracting, and employing workers in these burgeoning sectors.
  • Remote and hybrid work models for some employees will also have significant repercussions on the traditional workplace and significantly alter key infrastructure such as housing, transportation, childcare needs, and commercial office space.
  • Education and worker training will need to transform to ensure workers are connected to the jobs of the future. Some workers will be displaced and in need of re-training or upskilling and the quickly evolving job landscape will require an adaptive, lifelong learning approach for all workforce development. The Commonwealth’s higher education system and workforce training programs must meet the needs of the worker and connect them to the industries where available, high-quality jobs exist.
  • A part from the more traditional worker needs, the Commonwealth’s future workers will require a set of supports that allow them to effectively participate in the workforce while ensuring social, emotional, and family stability.
  • For many workers, success will depend on new work supports and infrastructure such as flexible childcare and eldercare, responsive public transportation, adequate housing stock, robust mental health services, access to broadband, and digital literacy. Other workers, such as those in the gig economy, will need support from a new safety net to address gaps in worker support. Furthermore, ensuring equity and racial justice for the future worker following the resounding economic and social shifts of recent years are of paramount importance.
  • Inequities for minority workers continue to permeate workforce opportunities, while women workers tend to be disproportionately impacted by shifting workforce trends, especially over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, the disability community must be fully included as future workforce supports are put in place.

Read the full report here.

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