New Staff You'll Hire Are:
But what--exactly?--will they actually do?
Circa 2010. They will be at home. Working--for the next several months--for Ford on a fiendishly difficult engineering problem. They won't be on Ford's payroll, though they will be drawing full benefits, even as a contractor. (During President Hillary Rodham's second term, health care, pensions and retraining will no longer be tied to a company but to the individual.) Their 79-member project team, only one of whom they've met face-to-face (they consider face-to-face a quaint idea that their parents suffered), comes from 14 nations. Their fully wired home is their castle. After half a dozen virtual meetings this morning, they take a so-called RETRB (ReTRaining Break) and attend a virtual class in engineering (conducted from God knows where) as part of their virtual-online master's degree program.
They are deeply committed to their
self-designed, do-it-from-anywhere-with-anybody "career" path. They are
relieved, by the white-collar robots, of 95
Adapted from Tom Peters' article in May 22, 2000, Time Magazine.
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