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Summer 2000 Vol. 44, Number 2

Futurework: Trends and challenges for work in the 21st century

On Labor Day 1999, the U.S. Department of Labor reported on the future of America at work. Here are some highlights.

Just a few decades ago, business magazines celebrated the latest office technology—cutting edge equipment such as electric typewriters and Dictaphones. Today, it is digital phones and personal digital assistants.

We are living in a world few could have imagined 50 years ago. What will the workplace look like half a century from now? This article reflects on that question by highlighting three issues defining the 21st century workplace: the work being done, the effects of technology and globalization, and the implications of workplace change.

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Last Updated: November 6, 2000