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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During this celebration in May 2022, chairholder Prof. Dr. Ans De Vos shared her key learnings from a decade of research on sustainable careers.
Lisbeth Imbo hosted a panel on the future of work and careers, together with thought leaders and professionals.
Contributions of international experts, including Stijn Broecke from the OECD and London Business School Professor Lynda Gratton, fed into the panel debates. They offered new ideas that will help you to reframe the COVID-19 crisis as an opportunity to build a better future of work. Discover ways to reconnect employers and workers to close the talent gap: join us in setting the agenda for Next Generation Work!
We've highlighted 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 counted down to the celebration in May 2022, where we brought 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.
"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.