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Expert Meeting: Workability in Times of Digitalisation and Demographic Change in the Private and Public Sector

November 23, 2015 @ 9:00 am - November 24, 2015 @ 4:00 pm

Developments and trends in society and technology influence our working conditions and our expectations towards work. Demographic ageing leads an increasing diversity among employees because of longer working lives. Additionally for example in Germany a shrinking in birth rates results in a shortage of skilled professionals, which intensifies the demographic change. Women and migrants as well as younger cohorts of employees are gaining more and more importance. Therefore, employers need to master the balancing act of attracting and attaining new and different target groups (Generation Y and Z, female professionals etc.) as well as maintaining the older workforce by covering the different expectations and individualising Human Resource Management (HRM). At the same time, new developments in technology lead not only to digitalisation of products but also of work and organisations. Rapid progress in hard- and software, like tablets or clouds, change working processes and conditions. By doing so, digitalisation can foster and threaten workability at the same time: Mobile working can enable employees to deal with work and demands at home like childcare or caring for elderly relatives. Simultaneously, the growing digitalisation can lead to decreased well-being as private and working life can more easily interfere each other or new technology may lead to overstraining especially those generations who do not belong to the so-called “Digital Natives”. Thus, increasing digitalisation can help employers to foster workability of their workforce by offering more flexibility and individual solutions regarding to working time, place and processes, which can enhance engagement, innovation, efficiency, productivity and client satisfaction, but also may lead to overload, reduced well-being and thereby to lower performance. These developments and their possible results challenge modern HRM and leadership both in the public and the private sector to shape digital and demographic transformation of organisations successfully.

Target Audience

This meeting will appeal to professionals in charge with employee motivation and engagement, well-being in the workplace or diversity and inclusion management in public and private companies. Thus, it addresses:
  • Persons responsible for strategy development, leadership, training and development
  • Professionals  in charge of diversity and corporate health management
  • Any person of public or private organisations working in the area of Human Resource Management
  • Researchers interested in the impact of digitalisation on the labour market and work organisation
The conference is held in English, but there will be simultaneous interpreters for the German participants.


November 23, 2015 @ 9:00 am
November 24, 2015 @ 4:00 pm


Bundesagentur für Arbeit


Congress Centre of the Federal Employment Agency (BA)
Regensburger Strasse 104 Room 168
Nürnberg , 90478 Germany
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