The Employer's Guide to the Future of Work

January 2017

Future of Work Outlook Survey Results

by Seyfarth Shaw


Businesses and the economy are experiencing exponential change as technology, innovation, and shifting workforce expectations reshape the meaning of work and how it gets done.

Just as the role of the worker is quickly evolving, the role of the employer will be impacted in revolutionary ways. Are companies ready to seize the competitive advantage of the disruptive changes that confront them?


About the Survey

We set out to discover how in-house legal and business leaders think about the “Future of Work” in our inaugural Future Employer Outlook Survey, which reveals both optimism and ambivalence as employers grapple with massive changes ahead.

From the new presidential administration to evolving skillsets, the war for talent, and the shifting roles of leadership and in-house counsel, our survey provides the legal industry’s first look at the unprecedented demands facing employers and the forces that will help define how employers work the future.

Our survey questions were designed to measure sentiment, readiness, and what’s next for employers, including an open-ended question: “Why are you hopeful or fearful about the Future of Work?” The survey generated 717 responses with a vast majority of respondents opting to answer our open-ended question. We have sampled representative answers throughout these results, providing deeper insight into what’s top of mind for in-house legal and business leaders. 


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