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GREYING WORK FORCE: An aging population, more people opting to stay on the job and the elimination of mandatory retirement ages mean workplaces should prepare for the age of "unretirement." GOING GLOBAL: Overseas experience, familiarity with other cultures and the ability to speak multiple languages will take on ever-greater importance in this globalized economy. COLLABORATION: Technology, including social media and a need for innovation, will spark more collaboration – employees will work on teams within organizations and together with suppliers, customers and even rivals. CONTRACT WORK: The long-term shift toward temporary or contract work is expected to accelerate as employers favour a more nimble work force. That may bring more flexibility for free-agent workers – but also more insecurity. REMOTE WORK: Forget showing up for the 9-to-5 grind. The changing face of work will mean using more mobile technology to work at the coffee shop, at home in pyjamas or while in transit.

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