The future is digital
On 6 May 2015, the EU Commission presented the “Strategy for a Digital Internal Market for Europe”.
The focus here was on digital infrastructures for the digital economy (industry, services and public administration) and strengthening consumers’ digital literacy and digital skills.
This was followed on 19 April 2016 by the communication “Digitisation of European industry – making full use of the opportunities offered by the digital internal market”.
It shows that the EU is pushing ahead with the further development of the “Digital Agenda for Europe”.
The focus is on actions that build on, complement and expand national initiatives (involving the social partners) and innovative practices in enterprises.
How important is an integrated work and employment strategy to accompany the digital change in Europe?
Digitisation, automation and robotisation are future topics with serious changes in all economic, societal, social and cultural areas. These developments affect the ICT sector in two ways:
On the one hand, it makes the complex, digital technologies of the future available to customers for innovations in production and services, thereby creating the technological basis for digital progress.
On the other, digitisation causes massive internal structural and system changes. The digital business models and business strategies contain both opportunities and risks for employees. Work content is changing, processes are being redesigned, purely manual activities are becoming superfluous, new qualifications have to be acquired, “simple” jobs will be eliminated and new, knowledge-intensive jobs will be added.
We would like to know the following: how is the industry changing, how are companies changing internally and what is digitisation doing to employees?
Deutsche Telekom and its European network of subsidiaries and affiliated companies is an important pioneer in digitisation. Its avowed aim is to become the “leading telecommunications provider in Europe”. In its technology and growth strategy, the Group is therefore focusing e.g. on integrated IP networks, on Europe-wide standardization and on the cross-border concentration and centralization of services. The related restructuring of the Group has already made substantial progress.
Dealing with the changes and risks for employees, we would like to know about the potentials for qualified and future-proof work.