The Future of Employment and Workplaces

What You'll Learn

  • Understand the important trends in U.S. employment, including the rise in self-employment, part-time employment, the gig economy, and informal/unregulated employment.
  • Analyze whether employment trends will require changes in the way communities plan for and regulate housing, work spaces, shared work spaces, and mixed-use spaces.
  • Identify what new approaches may be necessary to accommodate the widening range of employment types and locations, and the regulatory changes that might be needed.

More Course Details

The nature of work in America is changing in dramatic ways that will transform the ways we think about the places needed to accommodate work activities. Although the global economy continues to produce new jobs, many of those jobs do not pay wages adequate to support a household, while others do not create profits sufficient to rent office or production space. As a result, many Americans are self-employed, are working multiple jobs, working in virtual firms (firms with no fixed office location), and/or working from their homes.

This course explores trends in employment and what that means for the future workspaces we will need to accommodate them. A chief economist for a major international real estate investment company examines whether America's share of the global economy is creating jobs, destroying jobs, and what kinds of jobs and incomes are being created or destroyed.

A project manager for a major architectural firm discusses what types of work spaces and home work arrangements are being designed and built by employers, and a national consultant reviews changes in zoning regulations that accommodate new forms of work and combined live-work spaces.