Launch of the UK WON Advisory Board Report 
The Future We Want? Work and Workplaces in 2020


The idea for this report emerged from a rich and lively discussion during and after a meeting of UKWON’s Advisory Board. Subsequently a large number of Advisory Board members, including representatives of employers’ organisations, trade unions, public agencies and universities, met on several occasions to share ideas and insight, and contributed further suggestions and material through a variety of online means.

The report makes the case for workplace innovation and participative working and the opportunities and limitless possibilities for creative and rewarding entrepreneurship that these afford. It argues that workplace innovation has a major impact on both the performance of the enterprise and on national economic competitiveness. It boosts productivity, quality and innovation, by making better use of workforce talent and has a profound effect on employees’ learning and development, health, well-being, ageing and wider roles as citizens.

Set against a backdrop of changing economic priorities and demographic changes, where organisational hierarchies and jobs for life are being replaced by a knowledge based network economy bristling with innovative communication technologies, this report argues that the workplace constitutes a vital but neglected asset in facing the challenges of a volatile world economy and that there are missed opportunities amongst politicians and policymakers in maximising the role that workplaces and organisations can play.

The potential of the workplace, the focal point at which wealth creation and social wellbeing come together, is being ignored. There is clear agreement amongst those responsible for this report about the need to challenge such a major gap in the current policy environment, especially at a time when growth and employment rank so highly in the list of national priorities.

Download the report here

Chaired by David Yeandle OBE, the launch of The Future We Want was accompanied by reflections from three very different stakeholders in the future workplace. John Edmonds, former General Secretary of the GMB, reflected on past struggles to improve the quality of work in the UK and shared concerns about the current political landscape. Ségolène Journoud representing the French Agence Nationale pour l'Amélioration des Conditions de Travail (ANACT) spoke of the serious challenges facing work and workplaces in the future (read more here). In contrast Oliver Exton, a final year Cambridge University economics student, spoke with passion about his generation’s expectation that work should be intrinsically rewarding and a source of personal development.

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