Governing the future of work - Global Director Dialogue


So many of the core activities related to the future of work, discussed by directors and future of work experts at the recently convened Global Director Dialogue, are now being actively implemented by millions of organizations around the world as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Organizational redesign, technological impact, re-skilling and remote workers – all of these changes to the workplace are being introduced or accelerated due to the coronavirus crisis.  It is no longer just the future of work - it is the new reality of work. As the economy recovers, several of these workplace changes will become permanent and directors will need to be thinking even more carefully about how they oversee the elements of work discussed in this report, Governing the Future of Work.

About the Global Director Dialogue

This report presents the results of a two-day session held in Toronto on December 5 and 6, 2019, focused on how directors can govern the future of work.  The Institute of Corporate Directors with partners, the Government of Canada, the UN Global Compact, Deloitte, Baker McKenzie, Odgers Berndtson, and Longview Communications and Public Affairs, hosted the meeting which convened board directors from globally significant companies.  Directors discussed how boards can build a framework to think about the future of work and how they may integrate future of work considerations into their strategic discussions. Fifty senior directors from different jurisdictions and from a wide variety of industries met with leading global thought leaders for a day of learning and idea-exchanges with a view to creating a set of priorities for boards of directors on how to govern the future of work. Working as a plenary and in committees, delegates focused on five areas: re-skilling and retraining; the human dimension of work; the alternative workforce; organizational re-design, and; governing for purpose.