Fraunhofer IAO: 'OFFICE 21 – Future of Work'
The collaborative research project 'Office 21' mainly addresses the areas of office and knowledge work. Its aim is to "identify current and future developments at an early stage and to elaborate clear courses of action for the successful design and implementation of new worlds of work in companies." The project website provides a concise overview of the current fields and results of research. Naturally, a focus is placed on the consequences of digitalisation: "Knowledge work is increasingly relocating to a virtual environment. […] highly flexible and multi-local forms of work will become reality for a sharply rising number of people." The short film produced by Office 21 'Worlds of Work 4.0' (currently available in German only) illustrates how researchers believe we will work in tomorrow's world.
Bertelsmann Stiftung: '2050: The Future of Work' & 'Work 4.0'
The report '2050: The Future of Work' summarises the results of an international study. Right at the beginning, the 'Overview of Core Statements' (Pages 8-9) shows which trends are perceived as significant. For example: "Today already, work is mobile and multi-local, and tomorrow it may well be virtual and take place in the metaverse (the collective virtual space). Employers are failing to keep up with this development." Also fascinating is the list of 'Future Professions' (Page 21), which include 'creativity coach', 'metaverse caretaker' and 'specialist for ethical algorithms'. Another publication by Bertelsmann Stiftung summarises the results of 'BarCamp Work 4.0' under the title 'Work 4.0'. Even the editorial states that Germany "must close the [significant] digital gap". The articles mainly investigate the implications of future digitisation for small to medium-sized enterprises.
Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS): 'arbeitenviernull.de' & 'White Paper on Work 4.0'
The Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs has also addressed the issue of future research. It even set up an Internet platform dedicated to the topic – arbeitenviernull.de. Launched in April 2015 with the slogan "Arbeit weiter denken" (Thinking ahead about work), the project was completed at the end of November 2016. The results are compiled in the 'White Paper on Work 4.0' and are available online. The paper takes a detailed look at 'Drivers and Trends', 'Areas of Conflict' and 'Policy-making Tasks'.