Raising the Value of People

Source: TechCrunch, Feb 2015

“Worldwide, only 13% of employees are engaged at work. The vast majority of employed people around the globe are ‘not engaged’ or ‘actively disengaged’ at work, meaning they are emotionally disconnected from their workplaces and less likely to be productive,” according to Gallup, which says the world’s GDP will triple in the next three decades. $140 trillion worth of new customers is up for grabs. And since it’s the innovation economy, the winners will be the teams that answer the question “What is the next big thing and how do we take part in it?” Requires engagement.

There are trillions of dollars to be made in raising the value of people, which are, perhaps, our world’s most under-utilized resource.

The people-centered economy, on the other hand, may just get better and more humane with technology. Instead of fitting the slot, imagine jobs being tailored for each individual. We have the computational capacity for that now. Says Vint Cerf, co-inventor of the Internet: “It is said that everyone is truly unique. We have an opportunity to recognize this by tailoring work to fit individual strengths.”

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