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Atkins: Getting ready now for working lives of the future

Big changes are ahead in the world of work – shifts in demographics, social attitudes and technology will transform what people do and what they expect from the organisations they work for.

Atkins, a world-leading design, engineering and project management consultancy, wanted to think radically and creatively about the challenges ahead, far beyond the three to five years' timeline covered by conventional workforce planning. Our people and talent experts led an exciting programme to stimulate and focus the company’s thinking in new ways, and turn the insight that emerged into practical actions for implementation now.

We began with two day-long workshops with different groups of participants to make sure we got a diverse perspective. We asked them to imagine and describe what a future world of work might be like. What type of jobs would there be? How would you get them? Why would you choose them? Then we asked participants to think about what organisations would need to offer to attract the right talent in these possible worlds. After a month to develop their ideas, groups pitched their proposals to the board.

This work had an immediate impact.  Atkins is already moving ahead on some of the most promising ideas, developing digital, collaboration and problem solving skills among their future workforce. Our expertise helped Atkins start to make sense of the span and scale of current trends and begin preparing now for a future that’s only just beginning to emerge.


 

 “PA have brought in a robust process that have helped us get the senior buy-in we need.”

Graham Candy, HRBP

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