The New Jersey State Future of Work Task Force launched a public engagement campaign this week with the goal of tapping the public’s experience and expertise to inform the development of the the group’s findings and recommendations.
The Task Force is seeking to learn how the public perceives challenges pertaining to the future of work by asking people to share their greatest concerns regarding the impact of new technology on lifelong learning and skills, rights and benefits for workers, and workplace health and safety.
“The Future of Work Task Force was established by Gov. [Phil] Murphy to evaluate how technological advancements will shape the future of New Jersey’s economy and workforce, and produce an evidence-based policy road map to prepare the Garden State for the future of work,” Beth Noveck, New Jersey State chief innovation officer and chair of the Future of Work Task Force, told NJBIZ.
“The Task Force is working to develop strategies that address both the opportunities and challenges that technology introduces into our economy and into our workplaces.”
The New Jersey State Office of Innovation and the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University are leading the public engagement campaign in partnership with the governor’s office, task force members, state departments, and an array of workforce and economic development stakeholders.
“We’re looking for a diverse array of perspectives throughout the Your Future of Work public engagement campaign,” Noveck said. “It’s important that we hear from different types of workers, entrepreneurs, business owners. Our first stage of outreach is focused on understanding both the challenges and opportunities that workers face. For our second stage of outreach – where we’re tapping the public to identify innovative solutions to the challenges that are prioritized in stage one – the business community, including New Jersey’s many entrepreneurs, will be essential partners in proposing impactful and viable solutions.”
The engagement announced Feb. 24 is the first of two stages of public engagement. The second stage, which will begin in late March, will ask the public to suggest solutions to the challenges identified in the first stage.
Gov. Phil Murphy appointed the Task Force to evaluate and prepare for the challenges and opportunities that technological advancement will bring and ensure that the Garden State’s future economy is stronger, fairer, and inclusive for all. Its work is part of the Murphy Administration’s talent plan, Jobs NJ: Developing Talent to Grow Business in the Garden State.
The engagement campaign is also part of the state’s SmarterNJ initiative, which is focused on creating new and innovative ways for the public to contribute meaningfully to the policymaking process. The public is encouraged to participate through March 15 here.