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Coverage of Future of Work Commission report

Our Future of Work Commission, which I had the privilege to co-chair, wrapped up its work recently and issued its report. A full copy is available here.

Here is some news coverage of the report's findings:

Commonwealth Magazine

Technology, remote work shaping future labor force

Childcare, transit, housing seen as essential for workforce

THE NATURE OF work is changing due to technology, automation, and the explosion of remote work. Addressing the challenges posed by these shifts will require not only traditional workforce supports like job training, but also a change in how society addresses the factors that allow employees to be successful, from childcare to public transit.

That was the key theme of a report released Tuesday by the legislatively created Commission on the Future of Work, chaired by Sen. Eric Lesser, a Longmeadow Democrat, and Rep. Josh Cutler, a Pembroke Democrat. Its 17 members represented business, labor, higher education, and related fields. (full story)

Boston Globe

Four takeaways from the latest report on the Future of Work in Mass.

We need to bring everyone into the tent.

That’s how Joseph Bevilacqua, president of the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce, summed up the findings of a state commission that studied the future of work, a panel on which he served. The general theme of the commission’s recommendations, released on Tuesday, revolve around figuring out ways to ensure as many people as possible share in the success of Massachusetts’ innovation economy. (full story)

Berkshire Eagle

Massachusetts is facing many challenges as it adapts to a post-pandemic economy, a legislative commission says

BOSTON — A legislative commission has identified key obstacles — from a lack of affordable housing to the cost of child care — that it says must be addressed to help people grow into the jobs of the future.

The new report was produced by the Future of Work Commission, which was tasked with looking at ways the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the economy. It went beyond looking at what it will take to match employers with properly trained workers to also examine what types of supports workers will need to help them succeed in those jobs. (full story)

Post-COVID recovery: Massachusetts must invest in housing, child care, transit, new report finds

The COVID-19 pandemic irrevocably altered workplace dynamics — and now, Massachusetts must invest in job training, public transportation, child care and mental health supports, among other key arenas, to ensure a resilient post-coronavirus economy, a new legislative report concludes.

Remote and hybrid work formats will continuously evolve the next decade, the Future of Work Commission — co-chaired by state Sen. Eric Lesser and state Rep. Josh Cutler — said in a report unveiled Tuesday. While technology and innovation must adapt to ensure Massachusetts retains it competitive edge, other human infrastructure needs like housing and education also warrant overhauls to sustain a fluid labor market. (full story)


Mass. will need to double worker training in changing economy, report says

There's a lot to brag about when it comes to the Massachusetts economy. The technology sector is booming. Biotech has an ongoing hiring spree. Fields like advanced manufacturing, information technology and robotics are continuing to grow and innovate.

But all of these fields need more skilled workers. And right now, Massachusetts doesn't have enough of them. (full story)


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