Davos themes reflected in our latest Future of Work research

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I feel privileged to have been at the World Economic Forum this year. It is a wonderful opportunity to learn and reflect on big picture themes impacting our professional and personal lives.

This year’s annual meeting focused on “Globalization 4.0: Shaping a Global Architecture in the Age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.” With many government and business leaders and global subject matter experts speaking, the events were all thoroughly worthwhile.

JLL’s annual client event focused on “Reimagining Work in the Age of Artificial Intelligence (AI).” Paul Daugherty, Chief Technology & Innovation Officer of Accenture, kicked off the event by sharing why the future workplace will be built on collaborative intelligence that optimizes humans and machines. Following that, Amy Bernstein, Editor of Harvard Business Review moderated a fascinating panel discussion with Paul, Vinay Goel, Chief Digital Product Officer, JLL; and David Kenny, CEO, Nielsen. The room was overflowing and based on feedback from attendees I spoke with, it was our best ever client event at Davos. Congratulations to the team who put so much work into making this a success.

We have every reason to be excited about what can come from human and machine collaboration. In fact, we see evidence of the strengthening focus on humans and machines in the results of our recent Global Future of Work survey, which will launch early next month. Leaders told us that they are focused on improving the experience – and performance –  of their workforce by leveraging digital strategies. And they expect to see real business gains, like enhancing collaboration and driving innovation as advanced technologies like AI are embraced. All very consistent with many of the themes in Davos this year!

John Forrest is JLL’s Global CEO, Corporate Solutions.

For more on our presence at the World Economic Forum, please visit JLL’s Davos 2019 page.