22/01/27

Head Of The Future Of Work

 

 

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https://www.forbes.com/sites/jenamcgregor/2022/01/18/the-next-in-demand-job-title-head-of-the-future-of-work/?sh=6bcb73e760b8

 

Glossary

  • equity – the quality of being fair and impartial
  • reckoning – a calculation that you make
  • to facilitate – to make sth easier
  • array – a large number of
  • gig – a job usually for a specified time

Answer the questions:

  1. What’s the role of a chief diversity officer?
  2. How do you understand the word in bold in this sentence: “Now, companies are adding job titles focused on remote or hybrid work experiences as the shift to work from home becomes a lasting phenomenon that will require more accountability”
  3. What would be a synonym to the word spike in the 10th line of the text?
  4. In the sentence: „ok, these things are happening, how do we leverage them?” would the word ‘leverage’ be synonymous to ‘use’; ‘take advantage of’?

Practice Makes Perfect

Read these excerpts of an article (Why Your Company Still Isn’t Prepared for the Future of Work) and replace the words in bold in the text with the ones below:

disastrous          hassle                 gut-wrenching               pundits              nimble

red tape             scant                  bumps                dub       spark

As the pandemic hit, then dragged on, more and more companies moved to remote and work from home (WFH) structures. Many business leaders and other 1. experts were quick to 2. call these arrangements “the future of work.” Unfortunately, though, other than sending workers home and ensuring that their IT groups, quick like bunnies, purchased pallets of laptops, bought a Slack enterprise license, and made the 3. distressing choice between Zoom or some other telework platform, most organizations did little else to prepare for this important new future. Managers were not equipped with the skills needed to lead humans remotely. Workers were not given adequate communication about what to expect. And course corrections to 4. bulges along the way have most often defaulted to greater control and suspicion rather than more flexibility and understanding. The result, predictably, has been 5. calamitous, helping to 6. set off a 20 million-person departure from the workforce between April and August, with a record 4.3 million splitting in August alone. (…)

According to YPulse, among Gen-Zers, 62 percent want the future of work to look like a hybrid setup with some days at home and some in a workplace. A 7. mere 10 percent of Zers never want to head back to the office. Twenty-eight percent of them actually want to go back full time. (…)

They (workers) believe they should be judged by the quantity and quality of their output, not the number of hours that they are “on the clock.” If they need to come late or leave early, they don’t want to be made to feel bad about it or go through any 8. inconvenience  or 9. bureaucracy to take the time off. (…)

Small enterprises are far more 10. agile than their larger corporate cousins. Smart SMBs are those that react positively to the expressed interests of these young workers and begin to reshape their work structures NOW.

             

Go to: https://www.inc.com/phillip-kane/why-your-company-still-isnt-prepared-for-future-of-work.html to check your answers.

 

Key: 1. pundits; 2. dub; 3. gut-wrenching; 4. bulges; 5. disastrous; 6. Spark; 7. scant; 8. hassle; 9. red tape; 10. nimbie

 

Use some of the words in bold above in the sentences below. The first letter of each missing word has been given.

1.Food prices have encountered a s …….. due to high inflation.

2. When writing my thesis, I did a research on pay e………. .

3. The last thing he needed now was a h ……… with his boss.

4. I’ve hit my head on a shelf and have a nasty b …… on my forehead.

5. It was a g…….. – w………. feeling waiting to find out how my friends were.

6. Mark’s n ……….feet show what a great dancer he is.

 

 

 

 

Key: : 1. spike; 2. equity; 3. hassle; 4. bump; 5. gut-wrenching; 6. nimble

Explore it more to create your own teaching-learning experience!

 

We’ve all heard that robots are going to take our jobs — but what can we do about it? Innovation expert David Lee says that we should start designing jobs that unlock our hidden talents and passions — the things we spend our weekends doing — to keep us relevant in the age of robotics. “Start asking people what problems they’re inspired to solve and what talents they want to bring to work,” Lee says. “When you invite people to be more, they can amaze us with how much more they can be.”

 

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