At the launch of the SD Worx Chair ‘Next Generation Work: Creating Sustainable Careers’ in 2011, the question of who was really losing sleep over sustainable careers was still standing. Today, the concept of sustainable careers is well established among policy makers, social partners, employers and employees. The question is no longer whether it is necessary to develop a sustainable career policy, but how best to do so. Together, we examine the dimensions of a sustainable career policy: a policy that really contributes to organizational results and that facilitates sustainable employability.
The guiding principle in our cooperation is the conviction that, to arrive at sustainable solutions for working longer, long-term absenteeism, talent scarcity and employability, we need a different view on careers and labor organization. Our partnership opens up traditional thinking and focuses on initiatives such as career transitions, co-sourcing and flexible talent management. We examine how organizations can organize themselves in a flexible and agile way by optimally deploying talent in a rapidly changing context.
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On November 30, we will be celebrating 10 years of collaboration by means of an exciting and interactive program. We will bring you our key insights and discuss with international thought leaders on how we can strengthen the sustainable connection between talent and work in a dynamic labor market in the coming years. Save the date and join us in the front row!
In the coming months, we will both look back on 10 years of collaboration and look ahead – highlighting insights from research over the past 10 years that are relevant to build the future of work in a sustainable way. In 10 blog posts, we will count down to November 2021, when we will bring everything together in the celebration of 10 years of Next Generation Work. Read here what the Chair stands for and what have we learned from 10 years of Next Generation Work research.
Digitalization, automation and robotization undoubtedly have an impact on job content, job creation and / or job destruction. How can we address this, and how do we prepare for the future?
Powerful organizations need flatter structures in which responsibilities are rearranged and self-direction is common. Moreover, in the post-COVID world, the organization of work, independent of time and place, is changing and becoming even more important.
How do we seek and find meaningful work in a world of automation and specialization? Monitoring employee engagement and well-being is necessary to establish and maintain a good connection between the employee and the organization.
If we want all of us working in meaningful jobs and sustainable careers, we need an inclusive approach to talent and a life-course perspective on careers.
How can organizations ensure that self-employed, freelance, and temporary workers feel involved in the organization? Are there any opportunities to share talent with other organizations? What are the benefits and what do we need to consider when managing flexible talent?
How can you encourage career changes and what are the benefits for both organizations and individuals? When do people choose to leave their current job, e.g., for another job that is more in line with their passion or talent?
How can organizations facilitate their employees to take control of their careers and hone their skills?
How do we get from a conflict model to sustainable partnership thinking with social partners?
What can we learn from big data? And how can this data support us in different areas: learning from current projects, making adjustments, impact measurements, etc.
"Based on scientifically underpinned insights, we offer innovative, creative and sustainable solutions for employers, HR professionals and policy makers." That was our main ambition when we launched a strategic R&D partnership between Antwerp Management School and SD Worx in 2011. A partnership that has meanwhile resulted in the creation of the Next Generation Work team at AMS and the SD Worx Chair in Sustainable Careers.
“I am proud to celebrate our 10th anniversary this year and to look back on a learning process that has strengthened me and my team in many areas: a range of applied research projects on topics such as sustainable careers, competencies for the future, work-to-work transitions, and the new way of working – to name but a few. Research resulting in advice and tools to support employers in their HR policies, policy makers in their labor market strategies, and individuals in their career development. I can’t wait to see what the next 10 years will bring.”
Ans De Vos – Holder of the SD Worx Chair Next Generation Work: Creating Sustainable Careers
When the SD Worx Chair ‘Next Generation Work: Creating Sustainable Careers’ was first launched in 2011, it was still unclear whether anyone even cared about sustainable careers. Meanwhile, ‘sustainable careers’ has become an established concept among policy makers, social partners, employers, and employees. Instead of questioning the need for a sustainable career policy, the question is now how to determine the most suitable approach. Together, we are exploring what a sustainable career policy should encompass to truly contribute to organizational results and facilitate sustainable employability.
The guiding principle of our collaboration is the conviction that, to arrive at sustainable solutions for working longer, increasing long-term absenteeism due to sickness, talent scarcity and deployment, we need a different view on careers and labor organization. Our partnership means thinking outside of the box and focusing on initiatives such as career transitions, co-sourcing, and flexible talent management. We investigate how to make organizations flexible and adaptive in a rapidly changing context through optimal talent deployment.