Welcome to the future working world

Students imagine school-like workplace, ‘telepathy’ in Focus 2040 competition
By Liz Bernier
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/20/2014

Near-telepathic communication, robotic arms and a workplace that’s more like a university — these are just a few of the trends we can expect to see in the workplace of 2040, according to the winners of this year’s Focus 2040 student competition.

Created through a partnership between the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University and the Strategic Capabilities Network, the competition asks students to imagine the workplace of the future.

“(It’s) focused on the idea of having students envision what the world of work will look like in the year 2040, and to think through what the implications of that vision might be for employers and for their employees,” said Rick Hackett, a professor at McMaster University in Hamilton and Canada research chair in organizational behaviour and human performance.