Why Flex Jobs are Next Big Thing for the Future of Work

In her column for Forbes, BCG’s Deborah Lovich discusses how the pandemic fueled the rapid growth of flexible jobs, particularly gig work. One difficulty gig workers face is they struggle to feel like part of the company—a problem BCG sought to resolve by establishing a talent pool of gig-type workers made of BCG alumni. Lovich describes flex jobs as one of the most interesting and promising new forms of work for both companies and employees.

The Australian Financial Review

The World’s First Carbon Border Tax

In The Australian Financial Review, BCG’s Tim Figures discusses the potential backlash against the European Union’s climate initiatives. He comments on the EU’s plan to enact a carbon border tax in 2023. According to Figures, companies in Australia must better understand the carbon footprints of their production processes and supply chains as global trading systems become increasingly linked to climate action.

Harvard Business Review

The Green Economy Has a Resource-Scarcity Problem

BCG’s Dave Young, Rich Hutchinson, and Martin Reeves write about the future of the green economy for Harvard Business Review. As corporations make larger commitments to reduce their environmental impact, there is increased demand for sustainable resources such as recycled plastics, battery inputs, green hydrogen, and sustainable cotton. Young, Harrison, and Reeves identify the long-term steps companies can take to secure these increasingly scarce resources.


How to Talk to Your Skeptical Boss About Flexible Work

In her column for Forbes, BCG’s Deborah Lovich discusses ways to extend the benefits of working from home when offices reopen. Lovich suggests five points employees can raise with leadership to help maintain flexibility and autonomy in this new hybrid environment. In order to determine how best to adapt to new ways of working, Lovich writes, “we’ll need to experiment to shape the future of work we want to be a part of.”

Bloomberg Radio

BCG’s CEO on “The Great Resignation”

BCG’s CEO Rich Lesser joins Bloomberg Radio to discuss the troubling drop in the US labor force participation rate and gives his take on some of the possible causes, including disruptions from COVID-19 and the ongoing issue of childcare for working parents. Lesser calls the pandemic “a gigantic forced experiment” that has required companies and employees to rethink the ways they want to work, citing improvements in technology, agility, and flexibility that will have long-term effects on the workforce. “We’re seeing major change—years of change—compressed into this pandemic period about the nature of work in this country and around the world,” says Lesser.

Yahoo! Finance

The Postpandemic Rebound for Business Travel

BCG’s Jason Guggenheim joins Yahoo! Finance Live to discuss how the changing landscape of travel will affect businesses in the coming years. He predicts business travel will return slowly and with structural changes, likely falling as much as 15% from 2019’s levels. Guggenheim references a BCG study looking at the factors that will influence the postpandemic rebound for business travel, including sustainability, efficiency, and the value of human interaction.

Financial Times and Forbes

World Financial Wealth Will Grow to Half a Quadrillion Dollars

BCG’s Anna Zakrzewski talks to the Financial Times and Forbes about BCG’s Global Wealth Report 2021: When Clients Take the Lead. The report predicts that wealthy countries, specifically in North America and Asia, will drive the global stock of financial wealth from $250 trillion to $315 trillion in the next five years. In the firm’s report, Zakrzewski urges wealth managers to differentiate clients “by their needs and to use behavioral insights to unlock new sources of value.”