07 Sep Episode 82: Is it Time to Deconstruct Jobs?
Is it time to deconstruct jobs and how do we do that? On this episode Linda Nazareth is joined by Ravin Jesuthasan, co-author of the Wall Street Journal bestseller Work Without Jobs How to Reboot Your Organization’s Work Operating System. They talk about why it may be time for a radically new way of looking at work and why the systems we have now around work are out-dated. Going forward, we may need to think in terms of a new “work operating system” that deconstructs jobs into their component parts and then reconstructs them in a way that reflects the skills and abilities of individual workers. As well, they talk about the need for continuous re-skilling of the workforce, and why that mean the degrees that might mean that the expensive educational degrees held in such high regard may not be quite as desirable in future.
Ravin Jesuthasan, Senior Partner, CFA FRSA
Ravin Jesuthasan is the global leader of Mercer’s Transformation Services business. He is a recognized global thought leader, futurist and author on the future of work and workforce transformation. He has led multiple research efforts on the global workforce, the emerging digital economy, the rise of artificial intelligence and the transformation of work. Ravin has led numerous research projects for the World Economic Forum including many of its ground-breaking studies on the transformation of work and the global workforce. He is a regular participant and presenter at the World Economic Forum’s annual meetings in Davos and Dalian/Tianjin and is a member of the forum’s Steering Committee on Work and Employment.
Ravin has been a featured speaker on the aforementioned topics at conferences in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Latin America. He has also been featured and quoted extensively by leading business media including CNN, BBC, The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Fortune, FT, The Nikkei (Japan), Les Echoes (France), De Telegraaf (Netherlands), South China Morning Post and Dubai One TV among others. Ravin was also an advisor to and featured prominently on PBS’s widely acclaimed documentary series The Future of Work. Ravin is a frequent guest lecturer at universities around the world including Caltech, Oxford University, Northwestern University, New York University and the University of Southern California.
Ravin was named to the Thinkers 50 Radar Class of 2020. He has also been recognized as one of the top 25 most influential consultants in the world by Consulting Magazine, one of the top 8 future of work influencers by Tech News and one of the top 100 HR influencers by HR Executive. He is the author of the books Transformative HR (Wiley, 2012), Lead The Work: Navigating a World Beyond Employment (Wiley 2015), Reinventing Jobs: A 4-Step Approach to Applying Automation to Work (HBR Press, 2018) and the Wall Street Journal bestseller; Work Without Jobs: How to Reboot Your Organization’s Work Operating System (MIT Press, 2022). Ravin has authored over 200 articles including 15 for the Harvard Business Review and the Sloan Management Review
Ravin holds B.B.A. (Finance) and M.B.A. (Finance) degrees and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. Ravin is a Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce). Prior to joining Mercer, Ravin was a managing director and global business leader at Willis Towers Watson for 26 years and a consultant with Accenture’s strategy consulting practice.