The labour market is undergoing radical changes. Digitalisation is questioning existing structures, unravelling traditional working practices, and creating new models. The labour market is experiencing new dynamic forces; human and machine can interact in new ways, and the same goes for machines amongst themselves. Globalisation and changing demographics are also contributing to a fundamental upheaval in the working world. The Internet is making employees more flexible and mobile, and working hours and locations can (almost) arbitrarily be chosen. It is now perfectly normal to have access to a company's internal systems and be able to initiate business transactions anywhere, anytime. This comes with far-reaching consequences: there is no longer a clear distinction between work and leisure time, job descriptions are changing or disappearing entirely, and new value-added chains are being created.
New employment and lifestyle models, which are developing regardless of workplace and office attendance, offer many advantages, but also have a downside: for many, the required flexibility and mobility becomes a burden that is difficult to manage. Digitalisation partially promotes global competition for work (too often under questionable conditions) and requires employers and employees to constantly anticipate and adapt to future challenges. Added to this are questions that are relevant to society as a whole: what makes a position a ‘good’ job with fair pay? Where, how and when will we work in future? How can work be fairly distributed? Providing answers to these questions is one of the main tasks of society as a whole.
At the DLR Project Management Agency, we focus on current developments in the working world as well as new approaches and associated challenges. Our experts are very familiar with research into work arrangements and organisation, staff and organisational development and operational skills management. We advise national and international clients and have, for example, supported the establishment of the BMBF research and development programme ‘The future of work’ and have also managed funding priorities that deal with ‘Work in the digital world’ and ‘Operational skills management during demographic change’. We also support initiatives by the German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS) to integrate people into the labour market.