Like many Americans, I am enjoying the 3-day holiday weekend. I’m taking advantage of Labor Day promotional sales, watching college football games, and relaxing with family and good food on the BBQ.
On this Labor Day, jobs are critically important to government leaders at all levels:
- National government with President Obama’s Jobs Council Listening and Action sessions in Portland and Dallas in advance speech coming later this week
- State goverment such as in California where the jobless rate is currently at 12%
- City and local governments, mayors unveil jobs plan
Reflecting on the history of Labor Day, I wonder what our working world will be like in the future compared to the past. LIFE has captured images “In Praise of American the Worker“ that captures the spirit of hardwork.
As we transition our global economy, what will work be like in the future? Where will the jobs come from?
Seth Godin writes an interesting blog about the future of labor being about taking risk. Rather than physical labor, our economy is now driven by ideas and mental work. In the past, working hard meant “producing more” using our “bodies as a replacement for a machine”.
Cisco IBSG thought leaders believe the future of work will be collaborative and flexible with workers contributing when they want, from virtually anywhere, with almost anyone. The prediction is increased innovation and as the nature of work shifts, “communities, organizations, and individuals become empowered, thereby generating a variety of economic, social, and environmental benefits.”
This is a hopeful vision of the future and one that I share as well with the role of the network providing people access to the innovative tools and communications for workers everywhere.
What are you doing for Labor Day?