The Future of the Working World

The Future of the Working World - On the Way to the Year 2030

Meeting Ursula von der Leyen, Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs
About the Study

Up until now, Germany has made it through the global economic turmoil comparatively well. It is reaping the fruits of past reforms as well as the country’s strong position in international competition between nations. However, the successes achieved also bring about new challenges that not only lie in the shift in the global division of labor and overcoming the European sovereign debt crisis, but also in the dawning of an era of new demographics in Germany.

In order to approach these changes to the working world in a more comprehensive manner, the Robert Bosch Stiftung formed "The Future of the Working World" committee in close cooperation with Professor Dr. Jutta Rump, director of the Institute for Employment and Employability at the Ludwigshafen University of Applied Sciences. The committee selected a multidimensional approach and included different subdomains into their examination that affect the working environment such as the company, unions and employers’ organizations, social security, labor law, the labor market, and education, and particularly looked at the resulting effects that they have on one another. In this context, the committee not only limited itself to a point of view exclusively from the perspective of demographic changes. They also incorporated other trends and developments such as globalization, society’s changing values, the position of women in society, how diversity is handled, and the transition to an innovation-based or knowledge-based society into their examination.

From the onset, the group aimed for more than just a purely theoretical consideration of the issue. In fact, the committee also produced suggestions for practical measures that could be implemented to lessen or prevent the negative effects of demographic change.

The members of "The Future of the Working World" committee include Professor Dr. Jutta Rump, Professor Heinz Fischer, Peter Hausmann, Dr. Hans-Peter Klös, Professor Dr. Thomas Lobinger, Professor Dr. Bernd Raffelhüschen, Professor Dr. Susan Seeber, and Michael Vassiliadis. Until his unexpected death on August 31, 2012, Dr. Norbert Walter headed the committee. Afterwards, Dr. Klös took on the role of committee spokesman.



The Future of the Working World - On the Way to the Year 2030

Report of "The Future of the Working World" committee of the Robert Bosch Stiftung in close cooperation with the Institute for Employment and Employability IBE.


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