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Author Karoly, Lynn A., 1961-

Title The 21st century at work : forces shaping the future workforce and workplace in the United States / Lynn A. Karoly, Constantijn W.A. Panis
Published Santa Monica, Calif. : RAND, 2004
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Description 1 online resource (xlv, 258 pages) : illustrations
Contents The challenges of looking to the future -- A guiding framework -- Shifting demographic parameters shaping the future workforce -- Slower workforce growth ahead -- The workforce is becoming ever more diverse -- The key characteristic of the future workforce is skill -- Addressing the slowdown in labor force growth -- Changing demographics also shift demand for goods and services -- Demographics and the future of work -- The information age and beyond : the reach of technology -- The advent of the information age -- Applications of the "new biology" -- Nanotechnology : revolutionary technology on the horizon -- How technology is affecting the workforce and workplace -- Technology and the future of work -- A new era of global integration -- The phenomenon of economic global integration -- Forces behind global economic integration -- How economic globalization is affecting the U.S. economy, the workforce, and the workplace -- Economic globalization and the future of work -- Implications for work in the twenty-first century -- New paradigms for the organization of production -- Shifts in employment relationships and where work is performed -- Other workplace dimensions : safety, security, and privacy -- The changing nature of work and the skill requirements of jobs -- Supplying the workforce needs of the tuture -- Changing the rewards to work
Summary What are the forces that will continue to shape the U.S. workforce and workplace over the next 10 to 15 years? With such inevitabilities as the proliferation and acceleration of technology worldwide, will more individuals work at home, will more businesses outsource their noncore functions--and with what consequences? Answering such questions can help stakeholders--workers, employers, educators, and policymakers--make informed decisions. With its eye on forming sound policy, the U.S. Department of Labor asked the RAND Corporation to look at the future of work in the near-to-medium term. The authors analyzed shifting demographic patterns, the pace of technological change, and the path of economic globalization. They observe, for example, that the workforce will continue to grow--however, at a markedly declining pace--and that the ongoing education of employees will be paramount as new technologies, such as bio- and nanotechnologies, come onto the scene and develop. They also look at the trend of globalization and how it fares for the United States' economy and those of other countries. Overall, the authors provide for the reader expectations about the key forces in the economy today and their implications for the future workforce and workplace, including the size, composition, and skills of the workforce; the nature of work and workplace arrangements; and worker compensation
Notes "Prepared for the U.S. Department of Labor."
"Rand Labor and Population."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 223-258)
Notes Print version record
Subject Employment forecasting -- United States.
Work environment -- United States -- Forecasting.
Working class -- United States -- Forecasting.
Form Electronic book
Author Panis, Constantijn W. A.
United States. Department of Labor.
Labor and Population Program.
Rand Corporation.
LC no. 2004366528
ISBN 0833036181 (electronic bk.)
9780833036186 (electronic bk.)
Other Titles Twenty-first century at work