People should remain central to the future of work
New landscapesThe organisations are well suited to act as a compass and a guide in order to help open up new landscapes for coming generations at work. As we remould and reshape to align with this new developments, we should redesign our enterprises to be people-centered characterised by social justice within the workplace, democratic control and prioritising human development. Therefore, we should, in depth and breadth measure and instil gender parity, human dignity, better prospects for personal development and social integration as well as freedom of expression, among others. And as Central Organisation of Trade Union (COTU-K), we are ready to work with companies who are committed to taking an accelerated, future-oriented approach to new regulations and civil society expectations. Indeed, Sustainable Development Goal 8 calls out “Decent Work and Economic Growth. Meanwhile, when we think of the skills most likely to be automated, routine and repetitive tasks like filling in an accounting form come to mind. Everyone is under pressure to outrun the machine. Some will meekly submit, others will violently rebel. Some of the jobs of the future will be highly technical, but some won’t. Some are already observable in the marketplace. But, are workers’ skills up to date? Skills are the currency of the 21st century and, together with education, they are crucial factors influencing the future of our societies and economies. Let organisations match workers’ skills with the future needs of the labour market. By orchestrating more tailor-made and customised interventions, they can achieve better results and nurture the context within which both individuals and firms can thrive. In this vein, training, learning and development are critical to technology-enabled workplaces, yet many organisations are failing to deliver enough. Imperatively, organisations, should engage in continuous and personalised learning that allows individuals to design their own learning journey in a way that is responsive to the needs of their roles and standards across all businesses in order to manage digital transformation effectively. Also, Kenya should substantially increase the number of youths and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship. Thus, unprecedented innovations brought about by technology offer countless opportunities which should be embraced through action, so as to get rid of inequality and uncertainty. Without decisive action, we will be sleepwalking into a world that widens gender gap, promotes child labour and increases human unfairness in world of work. In the end, the real conversation we are having is not about the future of work, but about the future of people, women and men, who are workers.
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