PLEASE NOTE NEW DATE -The Employment Landscape: Contingent Workforces | Hosted by Polaris | October 7, 2020 | Minneapolis, MN

Wednesday | October 07, 2020

Location:  Polaris Headquarters | 2100 Hwy. 55 | Medina, MN  55340

Managing the workforce and workplace of the future will be increasingly challenging in a world that's being turned upside down by technology, globalization, demographics, and environmental challenges.  Projections suggest that work will continue to be more distributed, fast-changing, and team-based.  In addition, organization boundaries will blur with more work being completed by partners and contractors, while employees may be less actively engaged and committed to their current employers.  The changing nature of work has enormous implications for how we structure organizations, manage people, and design workplaces.  In this working group, we will explore how CAHRS partners companies see their world or work changing, identify underlying people and HR challenges, and discuss how companies are addressing these challenges.

Among other topics at this meeting, we will discuss the topics below but also leave plenty of time for other topics to emerge over the course of the day.

•    The changing nature of how work will be completed including distributed work, the nature of organizational boundaries (e.g., use of partners and contractors to complete key work tasks), etc.;
•    HR practices (e.g., performance management, recruitment, training) in the world of distributed work and contingent workers;
•    Company practices in governance and transparency;
•    Integrating distributed workers into a global workforce plan, and;
•    Opportunities and challenges presented by a distributed workforce.

The meeting agenda will allow for ample time for interaction and networking - something we consider a critical part of our working groups.

The sessions are free of charge to CAHRS partner firms, but participation is limited to no more than twenty-five attendees.  The Working Group will start with a continental breakfast from 8:30-9:00am and then will run until 3:00pm with a working lunch.

If there are other specific issues you would like to discuss, please send them prior to the session to Beth Flynn-Ferry ( or Jo Hagin (  We look forward to seeing you in Minneapolis in October.

Cornell Discussion Leader:
Beth Flynn-Ferry is Executive Director of Cornell Universitys Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies (CAHRS), ILR School, Cornell University

Hotel Recommendations:
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Minneapolis West