Montana Public Radio

Can Do: The Future Of Work

Nov 23, 2020

In November 2020, for most workers in the U.S., "business as usual" feels like a fairy tale. Working remotely, many parents are scrambling to handle their kids' education alongside their own jobs - or they've left the workplace altogether. Millions of others cope with unemployment, while "essential" on-site workers struggle to protect themselves and their families from workplace spread of COVID-19.

When the wild ride of the pandemic coasts to a stop, what will "normal" look like? This time on Can Do, Arnie Sherman talks with Stacy Maloney and Beth Humberd about the future of work.


Stacy Maloney is a University of Montana alumna with over 15 years of experience leading small business and corporate teams through large-scale organizational transformations. She's currently senior director of change management at the global retailer, GAP, Inc.

Dr. Beth Humberd is an associate professor of management at the Manning School of Business at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and an expert on worker identity, gender and diversity, relational dynamics in organizations, and the changing nature of work and professions.

What skills do workers need to succeed in dynamic work environments? Which  jobs will stay in the office, which will shift to remote status, and which jobs will evaporate? If your job goes away, will you stay? What's "work" going to look like in five years?

Can Do is a podcast that explores the business lessons essential for success in these volatile times, sharing the insights of industry experts along with the experiences and advice of local businessmen and businesswomen. Whether you’re a business owner, an entrepreneur, or someone whose career is affected by the current economic climate, these lessons will give you the guidance you need to make informed decisions about your future.

Support for this episode of Can Do is provided by the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation, dedicated to investing in people to improve the quality of their lives.

Additional support comes from the Greater Montana Foundation, encouraging communication on issues, trends and values of importance to Montanans.

And Parsons Behle and Latimer, a regional law firm with national expertise, representing the interests of Montana entrepreneurs and businesses. More information at parsonsbehle.com.