The world of work is changing every day. After 2 years of fighting with COVID-19, there are many significant changes in work and the workplace. As these monumental shifts in the labor market are already impacting our daily lives, we want Vietnam, its employers, and employees to be ready. In October 2021, Dreamplex and Fulbright University Vietnam partnered to support Human Resources & Business leaders to learn, practice, and get ready for what the Future of Work holds. Both organizations are tackling the question of what the future of work will look like from unique organizational perspectives.
The long lockdown due to COVID-19 has promoted the phenomenon “Work From Anywhere” or “The Hybrid Work” model. While employers are excited to welcome back their employees to the office, employees want to choose where they work and how. Many employees are now preferring flexibility in the working model post-pandemic (1). In addition, almost 70% of Gen Z in Vietnam support the hybrid working model, which combines the best of remote work with in-office work. This allows them to have more choice in how, when, and where they work (2). This is one of many changes towards what the Future of Work looks like.
In an increasingly competitive job market, organizations need to offer more flexible, attractive, collaborative, community-oriented workplaces that deliver on the needs of their employees. Dreamplex offers a uniquely differentiated “Work Experience as a Service” that perfectly meets the needs of fast-growing companies that understand that their employees want more from their workplace. Fulbright University Vietnam is a new liberal arts institution inspired by the liberal arts tradition, focusing on preparing the next generation of changemakers, leaders, and innovators to tackle Vietnam and the region’s largest challenges by equipping them with the competencies to take on what the future of work will be.
With an emphasis on what the future of work looks like from unique perspectives, Dreamplex and Fulbright University Vietnam are signing a partnership agreement and launching The Future of Work – Mini Course to kick-off this formalization. Together, Dreamplex and Fulbright University Vietnam aim to address the rapidly evolving world and facilitate leaders learning how to create leading organizations.
This official partnership is building off Dreamplex and Fulbright University Vietnam’s first official engagement, where Dreamplex hosted Fulbright’s Career Day in April 2021. The event garnered 40+ partner organizations and 300+ total participants from partner organizations and undergraduate students.
The Future of Work – Mini Course: Explore. Reflect. Connect
“Understanding the future of work is investing in our collective future. It means we can be best prepared for the unexpected changes and developments that the future brings, and we continue to foster in humans an infinite well of potential to adapt to uncertainty”, said Vincent Pham, Manager of Career & Partnership Development at Fulbright University Vietnam.
With disruption from exogenous forces such as the COVID-19 pandemic, growing automation of labor intensive work, and ubiquity of technology, employers and employees of the future will need to invest in the reskilling and upskilling of the labor market to meet future demands. These overarching factors have employers and employees thinking about the “new normal.” For example, what does leadership look like with the growth of remote work, or what role does an “office” play when building company culture?
The Future of Work Mini Course, in partnership with Fulbright University Vietnam, will leverage Fulbright’s teaching and learning pedagogy. We prioritize active learning through direct communication with speakers, collaboration among peers, and critical thinking. And by processing and synthesizing a breadth of topics relevant to changing labor markets and Vietnam’s economic development.
Throughout the Future of Work Mini Course, learners will:
- Explore new ideas and concepts that can inform their perspective on the future of work.
- Reflect on their current organization’s readiness for the future and synthesize new strategies to improve outputs.
- Connect with a diverse cohort of learners to understand practical contexts and applications of new ideas, innovations, or improvements towards “future-proofing” their employer and employees.
The Future of Work Mini Course will capture the spirit of liberal education by facilitating exposure to a breadth of interrelated topics and demand participants to connect the dots, formulate new insights, and pave the way for the future of work in Vietnam.
5 modules of the course:
1. Contextualizing the Future of Work
by Vincent Pham, Manager of Career & Partnership Development, Fulbright University Vietnam
Date & Time: Saturday, 20/11, 9:00AM – 11:00AM
2. Company Culture
by Abhishek Mathur, Vice-President & Chief People Officer, VNG Vietnam
Date & Time: Saturday, 27/11, 9:00AM – 12:00PM
3. Employee Experience
by Ai Lien Tran, Chief Human Resources Officer, AIA Vietnam
Date & Time: Saturday, 04/12, 9:00AM – 12:00PM
by Warren Eng, Founder & CEO, Leaders Create Leaders
Date & Time: Saturday, 11/12, 9:00AM – 12:00PM
5. Upskilling & Reskilling
by Thai Van Linh, Founder & CEO of TVL Group
Date & Time: Saturday, 18/12, 9:00AM – 12:00PM
Who can attend the course?
The Future of Work Mini Course welcomes all individuals who are interested in advancing what the future of work looks like in their organization and beyond. In particular, we believe that individuals who have the opportunity to shape our lead company culture and decisions would benefit greatly from this course.
We look forward to enrolling a diverse group of industries to increase the cross-pollination of new ideas among our learners.
What you will go through in each module:
1. Welcome & Ice Breaker (15 min)
This is an opportunity to briefly introduce the practitioner and why he/she decided to engage in this course. In addition, we want our students to get to know each other better, given engagement will be increased if students have better rapport.
2. Instructor-led Content (45 min)
This is an opportunity for the instructor to provide their understanding and approach on their topic.
3. Student-led Discussion (75 min)
Students will be assigned light material to be read / watched / listened to prior to your module. The material will either be curated by the instructor, Dreamplex and Fulbright, or a combination of both. Depending on assigned material, students will go into breakout rooms to discuss their takeaways and then develop a mini-presentation on what they have learned.
4. Q&A & Closing (45 min)
Students joining the course are as keen to meet with our instructors as they are to discuss the topic. The “Q&A & Closing” serves as an opportunity to do general questions from students for the instructor and about the topic.
- Full course (5 modules): 5,000,000 VND
- 1 module: 1,000,000 VND
- Early bird package: 3,500,000 VND/ 5 modules for those who register before 12/11/2021
If you have any concerns or problems with registration, please contact Ms. Phuong – 0844349996.
All the modules will be held on the Zoom platform.
See details of each module and register here.
The Future of Work: It’s time for leaders to get real!
Thai Van Linh, Founder & CEO of TVL Group, says of the future of work, “Knowledge is the biggest advantage we can give to ourselves. The layering of knowledge, both diverse and deep, builds a foundation that strengthens the course of your personal and professional life.”
Warren Eng, Founder & CEO, Leaders Create Leaders adds: “Leaders in Vietnam will need to think, learn, feel and act differently to embrace this new reality and uncertainties that lie ahead in this Covid era. How we lead ourselves, and others, will determine if we just survive, or thrive, in the future of work.”
Abhishek Mathur, Vice-President, and Chief People Officer, VNG Vietnam says: “The pandemic has accelerated what the work in the future will look like. Virtual or Hybrid teams will be the new norm. Work will no longer be limited to a location, but one can ‘Work from anywhere. Hybrid working provides opportunities for organizations in terms of access to talent globally and reduces business costs. Building a customized employee experience and supporting employee wellbeing is the core to a strong organizational culture that can adapt to any changes, anywhere.”
Ai Lien Tran, Chief Human Resources Officer, AIA Vietnam, added: “In the turbulence of the world changes, employees’ desires connect exhaustedly to what work means. It’s a crucial time for the organizations in Vietnam to take these needs and feelings into a strategic plan, curate and cultivate them well into the future of work design and journey.”
1. McKinsey, 2021, It’s time for leaders to get real about hybrid.
2. Dreamplex and Decision Lab, “Gen Z in the Workplace 2021”, 2021
Dreamplex creates “A Better Day at Work” that perfectly meets the needs of fast-growing companies that understand that their young employees expect more from their workplace. Well-designed private, branded offices, 5-star hospitality-level care, and an engaging program of social activities, training & development, and wellbeing initiatives help those companies attract, engage, and retain Millennial and Gen Z talent in Vietnam. Dreamplex has 5 locations across Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. In 2021 and 2022, Dreamplex will be adding three new locations including The UnOffice projects in District 2 and The Campus in district 4, and one more in Ham Nghi.
About Fulbright University Vietnam
Fulbright University Vietnam is Vietnam’s first independent, not-for-profit, liberal arts university. We are an expanding international team of educational innovators, with deep roots in Vietnam, strong political and financial backing, and connections to educational institutions around the world. We believe in the power of collaboration, transdisciplinary thinking, and risk-taking, and we understand that effective education requires putting students at its center. Globally integrated but deeply embedded in Vietnamese society, Fulbright is dedicated to providing world-class education, utilizing the latest advancements in institutional design, teaching, learning, technology, and other fields to create an institution that is both innovative and globally relevant. Importantly, Fulbright is committed to serving Vietnamese society through rigorous research and responsible civic engagement.