Digitization, perhaps the most important transformation in the modern world of work, is changing the way we work, communicate and live. These unparalleled changes in history, require for fast adaptation on behalf of both employees and employers to maintain their place in the current and future socio-economic mix. The complex processes of adapting businesses, flows, skills and individuals are bringing about far-reaching changes which, if only by their sheer speed, represent a far-reaching challenge, with an undeniable impact on employees, employers and organizations in general.

The guide proposes a series of useful recommendations for successfully navigating what we call digital transformation, the transition to a digital world of work that, in addition to positive things, also includes some disruptive elements. Concepts such as organizational positioning, roadmap to digitization, interdisciplinary skills, critical thinking, cognitive flexibility, innovation and creativity, resources and efficiency, cooperation, blended approaches, common benefits are notions addressed by this publication, with the objective of providing a platform of reflection on digitization and its implications and providing a starting point for actions to mitigate potential negative consequences and enable realization of benefits.

While the future looks set to be different from the world of yesterday, it is a future we can manage and prepare for. It is a future that has its risks, but that contains many opportunities and possibilities to constructively combine work and personal life, new technologies and human interaction, economy and society. Any positive scenario that includes these elements is a scenario that can only be built in only one way: through solid collaboration and a real and ongoing social dialogue.

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This guide is developed within the WorkTransitionCEE project – a project co-financed by the European Union that brings together six representative social partners from Romania, Hungary and Slovakia (employers and employee representatives alike) to better understand the risks, challenges and opportunities of Industry 4.0. for job transition in Central and Eastern Europe.