Technology Change, Pandemics and the Future of Work

Nicholas Green from the Productivity Commission considers the potential impact on our workplaces from Covid-19, building on the work of the Commission into Technological change and the future of work

Nicholas lays out a range of economic impacts if New Zealanders retain the preferences for doing things more online. He focusses specifically on how the public sector should think about the issues, and opportunities in all portfolios to improve resilience and service productivity.

The final question in this article asks if Covid-19 could be the shock that sees New Zealand finally lift its game in technology adoption. Let us hope so. Let us also remember, as Nicholas says, that humans are essentially social, so technological adoption will always go alongside face-to-face connection.

You can read the full article below.