ERIC Number: ED205716
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Future World of Work. Long Range Planning Assistance for Local United Ways.
A review of technological, political, social, and economic forces affecting the world of work indicates that in the eighties significant changes can be expected in the following areas: the nature of organizations, the relationship between individuals and organizations, the nature of the work force, the nature of the workplace, and the nature of compensation practices. Included among the driving forces for change in the work environment are changing demographies and values, continued decentralization, continued expansion and merging of communications and microelectronics, recognition of new economic realities, changing educational attainment, and increasing globalization. Several short-, medium-, and long-term strategic issues will play key roles in the changing workplace of the 1980s. Inflationary impact, productivity, and women in the workforce are three such short-term issues. Issues likely to surface during the middle of the eighties are minorities in the work force, flexible work schedules, layoff and plant closing policies, retirement policies, growth of the Hispanic population, pension funds, occupational health and safety, equal pay for equal work, and racial discord. Continual movement to an information society and changing management philosophies are likely to affect the world of work toward the end of the decade. (MN)
Descriptors: Change Agents, Communications, Compensation (Remuneration), Decentralization, Demography, Economic Change, Educational Attainment, Educational Change, Employed Women, Employer Employee Relationship, Employment Opportunities, Employment Patterns, Employment Practices, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Females, Futures (of Society), Hispanic Americans, Income, Inflation (Economics), Labor Force, Labor Needs, Management Systems, Minority Groups, Organizational Change, Organizational Climate, Productivity, Public Policy, Retirement, Salary Wage Differentials, Social Change, Trend Analysis, Values, Work Environment, Workers Compensation
Sales/Service Department, United Way of America, 801 North Fairfax St., Alexandria, VA 22314 ($2.50).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: United Way of America, Alexandria, VA.