In Good Company: ManpowerGroup CEO Jonas Prising not fretting over future of work

Workplace solutions company ManpowerGroup chairman and chief executive Jonas Prising says that reskilling people on a massive scale, not implementing a universal basic income (UBI), is the defining need of the time. He finds the notion of UBI destruc
Workplace solutions company ManpowerGroup chairman and chief executive Jonas Prising says that reskilling people on a massive scale, not implementing a universal basic income (UBI), is the defining need of the time. He finds the notion of UBI destructive to mankind because he sees work as more than about having to pay for food but really about providing meaning to people. ST PHOTO: JASON QUAH

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When he started his career in Singapore three decades ago with Swedish multinational Electrolux, the disruptions in view were all about the changing geoeconomic balance as first, the Asian Tigers, then China, settled into a period of explosive growth. Driving business expansion in the Asia-Pacific for commercial equipment was a breeze - the swiftly expanding market took care of much of that.

These days, as chairman and chief executive of ManpowerGroup, a world-leading workplace solutions company, Mr Jonas Prising's challenge is disruption of another sort - the vast structural changes happening in the world of work, whether on factory floors, back offices or even outsourcing companies as automation, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things combine to make the most profound changes to the working environment since Ford Motor invented the assembly line 106 years ago this month.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 27, 2019, with the headline 'ManpowerGroup CEO not fretting over future of work'. Print Edition | Subscribe